Friday, June 25

Bob Bemer is No More

Bob Bemer, a computer pioneer who published warnings of the Y2K problem in the early 1970s and helped invent a widely used coding system, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 84
A short list includes:

* helped create COBOL (as in "Grandfather of" )

* coined the words COBOL and CODASYL

* invented the ESCape sequence

* created the PICTURE clause

* helped create and standardize the ASCII character set (as in "Father of")

* put the backslash into the ASCII set

* helped create the 8-bit per byte standard"