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B.C.S. Committee on programming notation, 1958-1962

MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.8
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Research Committee on Scientific Programming Notation. Includes:

  1. Minutes of meetings 1-22 (21 July 1958-1 May 1962).
  2. Agenda for meetings 2-22.
  3. Committee on Automatic Coding for Business Problems (the parallel committee to the Scientific Committee).
  4. Minutes of meetings 1-4 (31 March 1959-6 November 1959).

In July 1958 the British Computer Society established an Advisory Committee on Standardization of Automatic Coding Notation to formulate suggestions for a uniform programming language for scientific problems. The Committee went through numerous changes of name: it became the Research Committee on Scientific Programming Notation in December 1958, the Committee on Scientific Programming in November 1961 and the Committee on Scientific Programming Languages in February 1962. S. Gill served as Secretary of the Committee throughout its existence and Strachey served as Chairman from October 1959 until the Committee was disbanded in July 1962. The B.C.S. established a Standard Programming Languages Committee which held its first meeting on 13 February 1962 and on which Gill and Strachey served. No material relating to this committee survives.


  • Creation: 1958-1962


1 file

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.8

Former reference:

CSAC 71.1.80/E.8

Related Materials

See MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.9 and MS. Eng. misc. b. 285/E.10.

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