Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Robert (Bob) Bemer
Born: February 8, 1920, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA
Died: June 22, 2004 (Age: 84)
Computer related contributions
- Known as the father of ASCII, Bob Bemer helped develop the ASCII character code set and introduced several new characters including the Escape character, backslash, and the curly bracket.
- Invented the Escape sequence.
- Considered the Grandfather of COBOL, Bob helped create COBOL and also coined the words COBOL and CODASYL.
- Helped create the 8-bits per byte standard.
- Published world's first warning on Year 2000 problem in 1971.
Honors and awards
- Received the IEEE Computer Society's "Computer Pioneer" Award in 2003.