Fortran developer John W. Backus dead at 82

BB reader David Demchuk of Toronto, Canada, says:
The developer of Fortran, John W. Backus, has died. I remember programming with Fortran in junior high school in Winnipeg back in the '70s--when it was a big deal to have a computer in a school! While all we really did was simple math and ASCII photos, his work helped make computing and programming more accessible for a generation of geeky kids like me.