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BASIC Co-Inventor Thomas Kurtz Born

February 22, 1928

BASIC Co-Inventor Thomas Kurtz Born

BASIC co-inventor Thomas Kurtz is born. With John Kemeny, Kurtz developed the easy-to-learn programming language for his students at Dartmouth College in the early 1960s. He said: "If Fortran is the lingua franca ... BASIC is the lingua playpen."