Celestial Weasel (celestialweasel) wrote,
Celestial Weasel

Over 3 months late for Grace Hopper day

From http://ed-thelen.org/1401Project/OtherStories.html:

"We were the "first" programmers at IBM. The 1401 RPG compiler was written by
an ex-industrial engineer and ex-airline stewardess. RPG was developed,
ostensibly, to make it easy for people who knew how to wire the IBM 407
accounting machine to upgrade to the 1401. The 1401 Fortran arithmetic
phases of the compiler was written by an 18-year-old genius, Stan Smillie,
whose favorite expression at that time was "no sweat." There was Linda
Heitner, a champion contract bridge player who used to talk about bridge in
the office and program the 1401 at the bridge table (driving her husband
crazy). Linda, I believe, wrote the object-time floating point subroutines."

What more is known about the ex-airline stewardess, I wonder?

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