TitleEarly history of programming languages. Lecture by Donald E. Knuth at the Los Alamos History of Computing Conference
CreditsKnuth, Donald E.
Place of PublicationLos Alamos, NM, US
|Other number||Reel 36||Original tape numbering|
|Other number||Reel 37||Original tape numbering|
Format1" IVC magnetic tape
DescriptionThis lecture surveys the evolution of "high-level" programming languages during the first decade of computer programming activity. Discussed are the contributions of Zuse (the Plankalkul), Goldstine and von Neumann (Flow Diagrams), Curry (Composition), Mauchley et al. (Short Code), Burks (Intermediate PL), Rutishauser (Klammerausdruke), Bohm (Forumules), Glennie (AUTOCODE), Hopper et al. (A-2), Laning and Zierler (Algebraic Interpreter), Backus et al. (FORTRAN), Brooker (Mark I AUTOCODE), Kamynin and Liubimskii.
Reel 36 covers 8:56 to 10:00 AM. Reel 37 covers 10:00 to 10:21 AM.
Roughly corresponds to "The Early Development of Programming Languages" in _A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century_, ed. N. Mtropolis, J. Howlett, and Gian-Carlo Rosa.