• Dec 3, 1924
    (b.) -
    Mar 17, 2007
    (d.)

Bio/Description

American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented the first widely used high-level programming language (FORTRAN) and was the inventor of the Backus-Naur form (BNF), the almost universally used notation to define formal language syntax. He also did research in function-level programming and helped to popularize it.