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This Day in History

Today: November 1, 2014

March 23, 1928

Computer Pioneer Jean Sammet Born

Jean Sammet, an early pioneer of computing, is born in New York. Sammet attended Mount Holyoke College and the University of Illinois, where she launched a teaching career. Trained in math, she moved into industry in 1961, developing the language FORMAC at IBM. The language was the first commonly used language for manipulating non-numeric algebraic expressions. She also wrote one of the classic histories of programming languages in her book, Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals.