[plt-scheme] Sad news regarding Peter Landin

From: namekuseijin (namekuseijin at gmail.com)
Date: Thu Jun 4 13:33:10 EDT 2009

I remember him.  Well, his name a few thing related to this name, that
is.  Including the coining of the term "syntatic sugar". :)

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 12:53 PM, Marco Morazan <morazanm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> FYI just in case you had not heard. He was one of the great pioneers.
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Edmund Robinson <edmundr at DCS.QMUL.AC.UK>
>> Date: 4 June 2009 09:10:11 GMT+00:00
>> To: cphc-members at JISCMAIL.AC.UK
>> Subject: Peter Landin
>> Reply-To: Edmund Robinson <edmundr at DCS.QMUL.AC.UK>
>> I am very sorry to inform you that Peter Landin died yesterday of
>> natural causes.
>> For those members who are several generations away from Peter's
>> early contributions, he was one of the major figures in the UK at
>> the time that Computer Science was beginning to establish itself as
>> a discipline. Some of his papers from 40 years ago are essential
>> reading for any serious student of programming languages as still
>> the simplest and clearest exposition of ideas that remain
>> fundamental. The ideas in his papers were truly original and
>> beautiful, but Peter never had a simplistic approach to scientific
>> progress, and would scoff at the idea of individual personal
>> contribution. Some of his own  greatest contribution to the field
>> was as part of a golden nexus of work on programming languages in
>> the UK in the late 60's and early 70's, containing Dana Scott and
>> Christopher Strachey and others as well as Peter. The ideas they
>> developed through their discussions truly lifted the study of
>> programming languages to another level, and are now part of the
>> bedrock of the subject.
>> Funeral arrangements are being made by David Bunnett:
>> replies at booktracker.net
>> , or if you wish to contact me, I will pass on details.
>> all best wishes
>> Edmund Robinson
> ------- End of forwarded message -------
> Marco
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