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Language peer sets for George:
United States
United States/1952
Designed 1952
1950s languages
First generation
Immediate Post-War
Genus Other US historic
Other US historic
US historic algorithmic systems
Historic algorithmic languages
Other US historic/1952
US historic algorithmic systems/1952
Historic algorithmic languages/1952
Other US historic/United States
US historic algorithmic systems/United States
Historic algorithmic languages/United States


MIT algebraic compiler 

alternate simple view
Country: United States
Designed 1952
Genus: Other US historic

for a ficitious generalized factotum called George - "Let George do it" was a common expression at the time

George is probably the first compiler, as George predated L&Z with the same functonality, and L&Z is generally assumed (Ceruzzi, Knuth) to be the first compiler. Use of George waned when the lab bought a IBM 650.

FORTRAN Influence?:
"In June of 1954, almost two years after Hal had begun his work, John Backus and a team of programming researchers from IBM came to MIT for a demonstration of George. They were beginning work on a programming system for IBM's newly announced 704 calculator. As a result of this visit, algebraic expressions found their way into the Fortran language."

Related languages
George FORTRAN   Influence
George Laning and Zierler   Evolution of
George MAC   Evolution of
George MITILAC   Implementation of


  • Battin (1982) Battin, R. H. "Space guidance evolution - A personal narrative" Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 5, Mar.-Apr. 1982, pp97-110 Extract: Origins of MITILAC Extract: Origin of HAL name Extract: Origins of George
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