Bob Bemer has been a fixture in computing circles since 1945. His resume reads like a list of the influential computing companies of the last half-century. He worked for Douglas Aircraft, RKO Radio Pictures, the Rand Corporation, Lockheed Aircraft, Marquardt Aircraft, Lockheed Missiles and Space, IBM, Univac Division of Sperry Rand, Bull General Electric (Paris), GTE, Honeywell, and finally his own software company, Bob Bemer Software. The predominance of aircraft manufacturers on Bemer’s resume is not surprising because he studied mathematics and holds a Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering from Curtiss-Wright Technical Institute (1941). In the early days of computing, aircraft manufacturers were pioneers in using computers in industry. During his career Bemer was active in program-ming language development. He developed FORTRANSET, an early FORTRAN compiler. He was actively involved in the development of the COBOL language and the CODASYL language, an early approach to data base modeling and management. In addition, he was responsible for authorizing
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