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Erlang (programming language)

ErlangErlang programming languageErlang/OTP
He is best known as the author of the Erlang programming language.
It was originally proprietary software within Ericsson, developed by Joe Armstrong, Robert Virding, and Mike Williams in 1986, but was released as free and open-source software in 1998.

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Royal Institute of TechnologyKTHKungliga Tekniska Högskolan
He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003.

Computer scientist

computer science professioncomputer-scientist
Joseph Leslie Armstrong (27 December 1950 – 20 April 2019) was a computer scientist working in the area of fault-tolerant distributed systems.

Fault tolerance

fault-tolerantfault tolerantfault-tolerance
Joseph Leslie Armstrong (27 December 1950 – 20 April 2019) was a computer scientist working in the area of fault-tolerant distributed systems.

Distributed computing

distributeddistributed systemsdistributed system
Joseph Leslie Armstrong (27 December 1950 – 20 April 2019) was a computer scientist working in the area of fault-tolerant distributed systems.

Fortran

Fortran 77Fortran 90FORTRAN IV
At 17, Armstrong began programming Fortran on his local council's mainframe.

Mainframe computer

mainframemainframesmainframe computers
At 17, Armstrong began programming Fortran on his local council's mainframe.

University College London

University College, LondonUCLUniversity College
This experience helped him during his physics studies at University College London, where he debugged the programs of his fellow students in exchange for beer.

Computer science

computer scientistcomputer sciencescomputer scientists
He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003.

Stockholm

Stockholm, SwedenStockholm Citycity of Stockholm
He received a Ph.D. in computer science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003.

Pulmonary fibrosis

lung fibrosisfibrosislung scarring
He died on 20 April 2019 from an infection which was complicated by pulmonary fibrosis.

Donald Michie

Donald MitchieMichie
Originally a physicist, he switched to computer science when he ran out of money in the middle of his physics PhD and landed a job as a researcher working for Donald Michie—one of the founders of the field of artificial intelligence in Britain.

Lighthill report

Lighthill [reportresulting report
When funding for AI dried up as a result of the famous Lighthill [report], it was back to physics-related programming for more than half a decade, first at the EISCAT scientific association and later the Swedish Space Corporation, before finally joining the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, where he invented Erlang.

EISCAT

European Incoherent Scatter Scientific AssociationEISCAT 3DEISCAT Svalbard radar
When funding for AI dried up as a result of the famous Lighthill [report], it was back to physics-related programming for more than half a decade, first at the EISCAT scientific association and later the Swedish Space Corporation, before finally joining the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, where he invented Erlang.

Swedish Space Corporation

SSCSwedishSwedish Space Corp.
When funding for AI dried up as a result of the famous Lighthill [report], it was back to physics-related programming for more than half a decade, first at the EISCAT scientific association and later the Swedish Space Corporation, before finally joining the Ericsson Computer Science Lab, where he invented Erlang.

Ericsson

LM EricssonL. M. EricssonEriccson
While working at Ericsson in 1986, Joe Armstrong was one of the designers and implementers of Erlang.

BEAM (Erlang virtual machine)

BEAM
The predecessor of the BEAM was JAM (Joe's Abstract Machine), which was the first virtual machine for the Erlang language and was written by Joe Armstrong (programmer).