My diary on what Dijkstra did in the 1950s.

Van Wijngaarden's "Linguist" in 1952


October 1952

The father of Dutch computing, Adriaan van Wijngaarden, was an engineering student during World War II. With his electric Marchant calculator stored in his attic, he ground out numbers to solve a turbulence problem in aerodynamics. Becoming increasingly aware of the social relevance of his numerical calculations, he joined the newly founded Mathematical Centre in Amsterdam in 1947 [1] and became the head of its Computing Department.


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