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Abstract Peter Sestoft

Abstract: We give some highlights of the historical development of compiler technology 1950-1965 and its co-evolution with programming languages and hardware.  Most emphasis is on early developments and the different approaches taken by US and European projects, with some extra attention to the Nordic countries.

We will relate some of the technology to contemporary societal goals, for instance object-oriented programming's roots in the early Norwegian nuclear programme.