# Kenneth Iverson

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope

**Name:** Kenneth Eugene Iverson

**Born:** December 17, 1920, in Camrose, Alberta, Canada

**Death:** October 19, 2004 (Age: 83)

## Computer-related contributions

- Canadian computer scientist noted for developing the APL programming language in 1962.
- Honored with the Turing Award in 1979 for his contributions to mathematical notation and programming language theory.
- Developed a mathematical notation that became known as Iverson Notation for manipulating arrays.

## Significant publications

- The ISI Dictionary of J (1991).
- Tangible Math (1990).
- A Source Book In APL (1981).
- A Programming Language (1962).

## Honors and awards

- Honorary doctorate, York University, Toronto (1998).
- IEEE Computer Society: Computer Pioneer Award, charter recipient (1982).
- Turing Award (Association for Computing Machinery) (1979).
- IEEE Computer Society: Harry H. Goode Memorial Award (1975).
- Fellow, IBM (1970).

## Quotes

"Most programming languages are decidedly inferior to mathematical notation and are little used as tools of thought in ways that would be considered significant by, say, an applied mathematician."