Birthday of BASIC co-founder | Techday, May 31st
BASIC language co-developer John Kemeny was born on this TECHDAY in history, in 1926, in Budapest, Hungary. In his lifetime, Kemeny had a huge impact on the history of computers, especially during his time at Dartmouth College, where he worked alongside Thomas Kurtz to create BASIC, an easy to use programming language for his computer students. Kemeny had also worked with John von Neumann in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the Manhattan Project years of World War II.
The success of BASIC helped to usher in the personal computing revolution, and the language becamme widely popular for personal computers, educational systems and scientific research.
Kemeny is also recognized for his contributions in Computer Science education, with his work in Dartmouth Time-Sharing System (DTSS) he and Kurtz created the first computer-based education system that allowed students to access and use computers from terminals located in classrooms and dormitories, and it also provided a comprehensive set of software tools for teaching, including a text editor, a file manager, and a programming environment.
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