Sammet, Jean E., 1928-

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Sammet was a leading figure in the development of computer programming languages. She began her career at Sperry Gyroscope Company (1955-1958) and moved to Sylvania Electric Products in 1958 where she participated in programming development for the MOBIDIC Computer. In 1961 she joined IBM Corporation to manage their Boston Programming Center. There she conducted advanced development work in programming and produced the first Formula Manipulation Compiler. Between 1968 and 1978 Sammet held various positions involving planning, internal consulting, and lecturing on computer programming languages. In 1978 she became divisional program manager for the Ada programming language, with responsibility for coordinating the strategy and actions for IBM's Federal Systems Division. Sammet retired from IBM at the end of 1988.

Sammet was active in computer professional societies, particularly the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). She served as president (1974-1976) and vice president (1972-1974) of the organization, and was involved in a number of special interest groups, committees, and conferences associated with ACM. She served as editor-in-chief of Computing Reviews and the ACM Guide to Computing Literature (1979-1987). She chaired the History of Computing Committee of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (1977-1979), and served on the editorial board of the Annals of the History of Computing.

Sammet's expertise in programming languages led her to serve on a number of standards committees, including the key group that first developed COBOL (1959), the CODASYL Language Structure Group (1960-1964), the USASI X3.4 Committee on Programming Languages, and a number of Ada-related groups.

From the description of Jean E. Sammet papers, ca. 1955-1989. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63282860

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referencedIn Daniel D. McCracken papers, 1958-1983 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn James W. Cortada papers, 1890-2007 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn RAND Symposia on computing transcripts, 1958-1976 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
referencedIn McCracken, Daniel D. Daniel D. McCracken papers, 1958-1983. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Rand Symposium. Rand Symposium records, 1958-1976. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Sammet, Jean E., 1928-. Jean E. Sammet papers, ca. 1955-1989. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn UNIVAC Conference (1990 : Washington, D.C.). UNIVAC Conference, 1990 May 17-18. Hagley Museum & Library
referencedIn UNIVAC Conference (1990 : Washington, D.C.). UNIVAC Conference, 1990 May 17-18. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn History of Programming Languages Conference (1978 : Los Angeles, Calif.). History of Programming Languages Conference records, 1959, 1972-1983 (1976-1982). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn History of Programming Languages Conference, 1978, Los Angeles, California records, 1959, 1972-1993 University of Minnesota Libraries. Charles Babbage Institute. [cbi]
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associatedWith Cortada, James W. person
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associatedWith International Business Machines Corporation. Boston Programming Center. corporateBody
associatedWith International Business Machines Corporation. Federal Systems Division. corporateBody
associatedWith McCracken, Daniel D. person
associatedWith McCracken, Daniel D., 1930- person
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Ada (Computer program language)
COBOL (Computer program language)
MOBIDIC (Computer)
Electronic data processing--Societies, etc
Computer industry--Societies, etc
Programming languages (Electronic computers)
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Birth 1928-03-23

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