Artifact Details

Title

Fortran: 25th Anniversary

Catalog Number

102740168

Type

Moving image

Date

1982 ca.

Publisher

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM)

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number 102738927

Format

Betacam SP

Description

This short film contains several interviews with Fortran developers, describing the environment and process of Fortran's development at IBM. Interviewees include John Backus and Cuthbert Hurd. The film opens with a text scroll which reads "In 1953 an IBM research project led by John Backus began to develop the world's first high-level programming language for a computer. Its aim was to make computers more accessible, and to create a system that would make programming easier and more economical. This is a story of the creative process at work, told by the people who made it possible. They developed a language. They named it FORTRAN."