Jean Sammet

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Jean SammetName: Jean E. Sammet

Born: 1928 in New York City, New York, USA

Death: May 20, 2017 (Age: 89)

Computer related contributions

  • American female computer software engineer who helped developed the COBOL and FORMAC programming languages.


  • Programming languages : history and fundamentals (1969)
  • Detailed description of Cobol (1960)

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Honors and awards

  • Lovelace Award Recipient, Association for Women in Computing (1989)
  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (1994)
  • SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award (1997)
  • Fellow of the Computer History Museum (2001)
  • Computer Pioneer Award Recipient (IEEE Computer Society) (2009)