Curriculum Vitae -- Bob Bemer



Cranbrook Academy, 1936
A.B., Mathematics, Albion College, 1940
Certificate, Aeronautical Engineering, Curtiss-Wright Tech. Inst., 1941




Douglas Aircraft Company Aerodynamicist 1945 Oct
RKO Radio Pictures Senior Set Designer 1949 Mar
Rand Corporation Programmer 1951 Jun
Lockheed Aircraft Corp. Group Leader, Mathematical Analysis 1952 Nov
Marquardt Aircraft Company Manager, Numerical Analysis Group 1954 Mar
Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. Manager, Mathematical Analysis Dept. 1955 Dec
IBM Corporation Asst. Manager, Programming Research 1957 Jul
IBM Corporation Manager, Programming Systems 1960 Apr
IBM Corporation Manager, Corporate Logical Systems Standards 1961 Aug
IBM Corporation Director of Programming Standards 1962 Apr
Univac Div. of Sperry Rand Director of Systems Programming 1965 Feb
Bull General Electric, Paris Consultant to General Manager 1965 Aug
Bull General Electric, Paris "Chef", Software & Field Support 1966 May
General Electric Company Manager, Systems & Software Engineering Integration 1970 Oct
Honeywell Information Systems Consultant to V.P. ASTO, Ed., Honeywell Computer Journal 1974 Jul
Honeywell Information Systems Senior Consulting Engineer 1982 Oct
Bob Bemer Software Owner present
BigiSoft, Inc. Chief Scientist 1999 Jul

Accomplishment Highlights

(Reference numbers keyed to publications list)




Discovered polynomial telescoping (jointly with C. Lanczos) [2].


Developed 3-D plotting of missile trajectories from telemetered data.


Created PRINT I programming system for IBM. The first load-and-go compiler [3,4,8].


(Mar) Published first paper to describe commercial timesharing [7].


Developed FORTRANSIT, first programming language to run on both binary (704) and
decimal (650) computers [44,105,110]. It was the second FORTRAN compiler.


Developed COMTRAN, one of the three major inputs to COBOL, originating the Identification and
Environment Divisions, and the Picture Clause [21,29,31,64,67]. Named COBOL & CODASYL.


Developed XTRAN, predecessor of ALGOL [11,16,25,31,47,57].


Started Techniques Section of Communications of the ACM; edited for 4 years.


Formed and donated nuclei of the libraries/repositories for ACM and BCS.


Invited address to British Computer Society Annual General Meeting
(one of two non-Britishers ever to do so) [25].


Originated what have become the ASCII and ISO character codes -


Invented the ESCape sequence mechanism [19,20,27,32,46,59,71].


Invented a data compression method for communication [22,24].


Wrote original scope and program of work for USA and ISO computer standards.


Was a major influence in choosing the 8-bit character in IBM System 360 [18,19,32].


ACM Council member (through 1966).


U.S. Representative on the IFIP Computer Vocabulary Committee.


Authorized funding of SIMULA development. Sold two UNIVAC 1007s personally.


Installed first labor distribution and costing system for software production [55,87].


Originated the concept of the "software factory" [39,40,42,53,54,55,66,69,87,103].


Initiated first major software instrumentation in GE 600 salvage [52].


Named a Fellow of the British Computer Society.


Software Factory presented, NATO Conference on Software Engineering [54].


Chairman, ISO/TC97/SC5, Common Programming Languages.


Program Chairman for ACM 70, and proposer of National Computer Year [62].


Created the ISO Registry concept for approved and established sets auxiliary to ASCII.


Editor of "Computers and Crisis" [65].


Editor of Honeywell Computer Journal. Innovating multiple translations, integral fiche-of-the-issue,
and multimedia publishing [70,72]. First ISO A4 size publication in the U.S.


Adjoined HIS text editing to photocomposition [73, 75]


Published world's first warning on Year 2000 problem [68].


Program Chairman, Methods & Applications, First National Computer Conference.


Chairman, X3/SPARC Study Group on Text Processing [101].


Created Screen Environment (R), first half-duplex full-screen editor [101,103,104,108,111,112,113]


Published world's second warning on Year 2000 problem [95].


Developed method to ameliorate Year 2000 problem (U.S. Patent 5,978,809) [119]


Series of talks on the Year 2000 problem. [114,117,118,119,120].
Numerous TV and radio appearances, and articles in the general and technical press.


Developed the XDay method for universal time calculations. [116].


Received the IEEE Computer Society's "Computer Pioneer" Award.


Named "Faculty Fellow", Information Systems Research Center, Univ. North Texas at Denton.

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