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John Backus

John BackusAKA John Warner Backus

Born: 3-Dec-1924
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 17-Mar-2007
Location of death: Ashland, OR
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Inventor of BNF, led FORTRAN team

Military service: US Army (drafted 1943)

Brother: Cecil Backus
Wife: Marjorie Jamison (div.)
Daughter: Karen Backus
Daughter: Paula Backus
Wife: Barbara Stannard (d. 2004)

    High School: Hill School, Pottstown, PA
    University: Chemistry, University of Virginia (dropped out)
    University: MS Mathematics, Columbia University (1950)

    IBM (1950-91, as IBM Fellow, 1963-91)
    EMILY's List
    MoveOn.org
    PAC For a Change
    VoteVets
    National Medal of Science 1975
    Turing Award 1977
    Charles Stark Draper Prize 1993
    Risk Factors: Brain Cancer


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