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'''Kenneth Eugene Iverson''' (17 December 1920 – 19 October 2004) was a Canadian mathematician and computer scientist, noted for the development of APL. He was honored with the Turing Award in 1979 "for his pioneering effort in programming languages and mathematical notation resulting in what the computing field now knows as APL; for his contributions to the implementation of interactive systems, to educational uses of APL, and to programming language theory and practice". | '''Kenneth Eugene Iverson''' (17 December 1920 – 19 October 2004) was a Canadian mathematician and computer scientist, noted for the development of APL. He was honored with the Turing Award in 1979 "for his pioneering effort in programming languages and mathematical notation resulting in what the computing field now knows as APL; for his contributions to the implementation of interactive systems, to educational uses of APL, and to programming language theory and practice". | ||

While teaching mathematics, Iverson developed [[Iverson notation|an alternative mathematical notation]] and later described, in his book [[A Programming Language]], how this could be used for instructing computers. It was based on this book that [[Larry Breed]] and [[Philip Abrams]] implemented the first interpreter, and it eventually was named ''A.P.L.'' acronymising the book title. | == History == | ||

:''Main article: [[Wikipedia:Kenneth E. Iverson|Kenneth E. Iverson]] | |||

While teaching mathematics, Iverson developed [[Iverson notation|an alternative mathematical notation]] and later described, in his book [[A Programming Language]], how this could be used for instructing computers. It was based on this book that [[Larry Breed]] and [[Philip Abrams]] implemented the first interpreter, and it eventually was [[The name APL|named ''A.P.L.'']] acronymising the book title. | |||

On 17 December 2020, [[BAA]] organised an [[BAA#Iverson_Centenary|Iverson Centernary]] event, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Iverson's birth. | |||

== Contributions to traditional mathematics == | == Contributions to traditional mathematics == | ||

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== External links == | == External links == | ||

* [[Wikiquote: Kenneth E. Iverson]] | * [[Wikiquote: Kenneth E. Iverson]] | ||

* [http://keiapl.org/ A Celebration of the life of Kenneth Eugene Iverson] (has many links to writings about Iverson) | |||

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