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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Convert log data to table format using new Log Analytics capabilities. Sammet died on May 20, in Silver Spring, Maryland after a brief illness. She also started and directed work on other language projects. Sammet chose to enroll at Mount Holyoke College based on the strength of its mathematics program. This month Jacobs finally got to interview her hero for Glamour magazine.

Computer Pioneers – Jean E. Sammet

In Sammet began looking for a position in education. Sammet Image from Mt. Sammet majored in mathematics and took education courses, which allowed her to be certified to teach high school mathematics in Progamming York. Sammet fought this determination, stating that her knowledge of New Jersey history did not languagess her ability to teach mathematics in high school. She was the first female president of the ACM, from to This material may not be reproduced or redistributed without the express written permission of the copyright holder.

In her work on preparing a second edition of that book she is concentrating heavily on the histories of the more modern languages. She agreed to participate in an in-house training program to learn about punched card accounting machines. This forced Sammet to seek programminh types of employment. Miss Sammet has voluminous historical files on programming languages, including material from the mids.


Sammet convinced Ralston to hold a member-office forum prior to their annual conference.

Her book Programming Languages: Sammet Programmed before Programming Was a Thing. She left her position at the insurance office and enrolled at Columbia University to pursue a Ph. Inshe was hired by Sperry Gyroscope where she supervised the first scientific programming group and in she joined Sylvania as a staff consultant for programming research and worked as a member of the original COBOL group.

She covers the stories that inspire people to strive for the better and meaningful life. From to she served as programming technology planning manager for the Federal Systems Division and in as software technology manager. Prior to that time she was involved in numerous ACM activities: From toshe served as a key member of the committee that developed COBOL, which became the standard programming language for business applications around the world.

The Programming Language Enthusiast. Views Read Edit View history. In early JanuarySammet began her life as a programmer. She is also on its collections committee. In those positions she played a key role in restoring ACM to a healthy financial condition.

Jean Sammet

She started programming in the s and kindly indulged my request for a photo. Inshe returned to the position of programming language technology manager to concentrate on programming languages; she continued her involvement with Ada standardization, both internally sammet externally. Code examples and comparison for The New York Times.

From to she served as ACM vice president. July 10, 0. Our best reads of Chef Open Source Community: As a result, I created important files and documents of my own and became concerned with having other people publish material on their important work so the facts rather that the myths would be known publicly. She was a member of the first DOD-organized Ada Distinguished Reviewers group throughout its existence and was an original member of the DOD-organized Ada Board a federal advisory committee from its inception until her resignation in Sammet has stated that these conferences were organized based on the recognition of how fundamental programming languages were to different aspects within computing.


FORMAC was the first widely used general language and system for manipulating nonnumeric algebraic expressions. She received an honorary Langages. Retrieved June 11, Retrieved July 16, In progrramming, IEEE awarded her its Computer Pioneer Award “for pioneering work lqnguages lifetime achievement as one of the first developers and researchers in programing languages.

She initiated and produced the Self-Study Department in that journal through She was also the first female president of the Association of Computing Machinery from to I do not consider an assembly language even a sophisticated one to be a programming language. She served as conference and program chairman for the very successful Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Manipulation, held in March From August to September she served as chairman of the ACM Committee on Special Interest Groups and Committees, responsible for coordinating activities of 26 jfan committees organized by the members.

Sammet had a strong interest in mathematics but was unable to attend the Bronx High School of Science because it did not accept girls.

InSammet and five jjean 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. Jean Sammet Fellow For her contributions to the field of programming languages and its history. Sammet decided to leave Sperry to work for a company with computers as its focal point.