Kemeny, John G.

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b. before 1939
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American mathematician and systems programmer, jointly responsible with Thomas Kurtz for the development of the high-level computer language BASIC.
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Kemeny entered the USA as an immigrant in 1939. He subsequently became a mathematics lecturer at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, and later became a professor and then Chairman of the Mathematics Department; finally, in 1971, he became President of the College. In 1964, with Thomas Kurtz, he developed the high-level computer language known as BASIC (Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code). It was initially designed for use by students with a time-sharing minicomputer, but it soon became the standard language for microcomputers, frequently being embedded in the computer as "firmware" loaded into a read-only-memory (ROM) integrated circuit.
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Bibliography
1963. Programming for a Digital Computer.
1964. with T.E.Kurtz, BASIC Instruction Manual.
1968, with T.E.Kurtz, "Dartmouth time-sharing", Science 223.
Further Reading
R.L.Wexelblat (ed.), 1981, History of Programming Languages, New York: Academic Press.
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