Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals (Automatic In , Jean Sammet was a programming language technology manager for the Federal. Jean Sammet: Programming Language. Contributor and Historian, and. ACM President. Thomas J. (Tim) Bergin. American University. Editor: Thomas Haigh. Jean E. Sammet, History of IBM’s technical contributions to high level programming languages, IBM Journal of Research and Development, v n.5, p.

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She has published over 50 papers on these subjects. Her book Programming Languages: Sammet chose to enroll at Mount Holyoke College based on the strength of its mathematics program. Her first task was to write the basic loader for the SPEEDAC, which was a line program that took three days to toggle into the computer by hand in binary.

Retrieved June 11, She has been involved in various other activities involving computing history. Sammet died on May 20, in Silver Spring, Saammet after a brief illness. In she became programming language technology manager in the IBM Systems Development Division to enable her to write a book on programming languages.

Jean E. Sammet

At IBM she researched the use of restricted English as a programming language and the use of natural language for mathematical programs.

Silver Spring, Maryland [3]. Sammet took to the electronic accounting machines, but was unable to work with the machines after her training was complete. This material may not be reproduced or redistributed without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Jean and her sister Helen were born to Harry and Ruth Sammet who were both lawyers.


At the time of her vice presidency, ACM was almost bankrupt. She served as an ACM lecturer from to and again in Sammet encouraged this based on her recognition that ACM had no realistic way of communicating with the membership. But soon Sammet was working at Sperry Corporation, a long-standing electronics company that was first founded in Brooklyn in The Programming Language Enthusiast.

Computer Pioneer Jean E. Sammet Programmed before Programming Was a Thing – The New Stack

In she was named senior technical staff member, a title she retained until her formal retirement from IBM in December Born March 23,New York, N. March 28, April 4, April 11 and April 18, “. She holds a B. She served as conference and program chairman for the very successful Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation, held in March Breaking My Cluster,1 Day at a Time.

Solving Data Portability with Kubernetes: In order to gain interest in SICSAM, Sammet wrote letters to people she identified through publications and what was happening in the field at that time. National Academy of Engineering InIEEE awarded her its Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering work and lifetime achievement as one of the first developers and researchers in programing languages. Atomist Year in Review: In she became the divisional program manager for Ada, with responsibility for coordinating the strategy and actions for IBM’s Federal Systems Division to start the use of Ada.

She received an honorary D.

Archived from the original on July 3, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign M. Sammet fought this determination, stating that her knowledge of New Jersey history did not strengthen her ability to teach mathematics in high school. Occasionally, we send programminh and useful info. From toshe worked for Sylvania as a staff consultant for programming research and a member of the original COBOL group.


Jean Sammet

After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Sammet pursued graduate studies at langguages University of Illinoiswhere she received her MA in Chef Open Source Community: Sammet has stated that these conferences were organized based on the recognition of how fundamental programming languages were to different aspects within jena.

In fall ofSammet taught one of the earliest graduate-level courses in computer programming in the Applied Mathematics department of Adelphi College now University on Long Island. She served languaes year of a two-year term before resigning because she was elected vice president of ACM in Sammet had a strong interest in mathematics but was unable to attend the Bronx High School of Science because it did not accept girls. A Blank Check for Open Source.

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Portrait changed MRW, While taking courses toward a Ph. She spent time working on mathematical analysis problems for clients and ran an analog computer. In her work on preparing a second edition of that book she is concentrating heavily on the histories of the more modern languages. Progeamming August to September she served as chairman of the ACM Committee on Special Interest Groups and Committees, responsible for coordinating activities of 26 technical committees organized by the members.

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