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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The authorities in New Jersey determined that Sammet was missing two courses from her studies: I was star struck!

FORMAC was the first widely used general language and system for manipulating nonnumeric algebraic expressions. Views Read Edit View history.

Jean E Sammet: The Inventor of FORMAC Programming Language

Through the years Sammet also gave lectures on programming languages within IBM and published over 50 papers. But soon Sammet was working at Sperry Corporation, a long-standing electronics company that programminy first founded in Brooklyn in InIEEE awarded her its Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering work and lifetime achievement as one of the first developers and researchers in programing languages.

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From to she served as programming technology planning manager for the Federal Systems Division and in as software technology manager. In order to gain interest in SICSAM, Sammet wrote letters lanhuages people she identified through publications and what was happening in the field at that time.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In those positions she played lrogramming key role in restoring ACM to a healthy financial condition. The group produced other system software and focused on scientific and engineering computations. History and Fundamentals contained a description of the histories of many languages, as well as significant technical material.


This material may not be reproduced or redistributed without the express written permission of the copyright holder. Journal for Education Leadership. Sammet has earned several awards and honors for her significant contribution and achievements.

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

langiages Archived from the original on After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Sammet pursued graduate studies at the University of Illinoiswhere she received langyages MA in InSammet and five other programmers established much of the design of the influential COBOL programming language, in a proposal written in a span of two weeks that was eventually accepted by Sylvania’s U.

She holds a B. She served one year of a two-year term before resigning because she was elected vice president of ACM in She served on the original executive committee of the Software Patent Institute and was its education committee chairman, Breaking My Cluster,1 Day at a Time.

In Sammet began looking for a position in saammet. From 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. This page was last edited on 10 Decemberat She is also on its collections committee. 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 July 16, She would stay at IBM for 27 years. She received her B. In she was named senior technical staff member, a title she retained until her formal retirement from IBM in December Sammet died on May 20, in Silver Spring, Maryland after a brief illness.


In her work on preparing a second edition of that book she is concentrating heavily on the histories of the more modern languages. She was the first female president of the ACM, from to Miss Sammet has voluminous historical files on programming languages, including material from the mids. Sammet took to the electronic accounting machines, but was unable to work with the machines after her training was complete.

Sammet was forced to search for positions in New Jersey because New York City was not hiring new teachers. This forced Sammet to seek other types of employment. She was president of the ACM from to and is a world authority on the history of progrqmming languages.

She agreed to participate in an in-house training program to learn about punched card accounting machines. Jean and her sister Helen were born to Harry and Ruth Sammet who were both lawyers. She started programming in the s and kindly indulged my request for a photo. Sammet Programmed before Languagex Was a Thing.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sammet has stated that these conferences were organized based on the recognition of how fundamental programming languages were to different aspects within computing.

March 31, 1. Sammet Image from Mt. I do not consider an assembly language alnguages a sophisticated one to be a programming language. Sammet was employed by Sperry Gyroscope from to where she supervised the first scientific programming group. Portrait changed MRW, March 28, April 4, April 11 and April 18, “.