Robert Barton

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Robert Barton

Name: Robert (Bob) Stanley Barton

Born: February 13, 1925, in New Britain, Connecticut USA

Death: January 28, 2009 (Age: 83)

Computer-related contributions

  • Known as the chief architect of the Burroughs B5000 and other computers such as the B1700.
  • Co-inventor of dataflow.

Significant publications

  • Ideas for Computer Systems Organization: A Personal Survey (1970).
  • A Critical Review of the State of Programming Art (1963).
  • A New Approach to the Functional Design of a Digital Computer (1961).
  • Functional Design of Computers (1961).

Honors and awards

  • First recipient of the ACM/IEEE Computer Society Eckert–Mauchly Award (1979).
  • IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (1979).
  • IEEE W. Wallace McDowell Award (1977).


"Systems programmers are the high priests of a low cult."