[Ads-l] Antedating of "Fortran"

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 29 11:35:11 UTC 2014

Fred Shapiro wrote:

> Fortran (OED 1956)

> 1954 (title of document)  Specifications for the IBM mathematical FORmula
TRANslating system, FORTRAN (International Business Machines Corp.)

This is likely to be this "preliminary report", dated November 10, 1054:


There may be a slightly earlier document/draft, as Wikipedia says:

> A draft specification for *The IBM Mathematical Formula Translating
System* was completed by mid-1954.


I didn't find anything earlier under:


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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