BASIC at 50: The Democratization of Computing
In 1964, math professor and future Dartmouth president John Kemeny and math professor Tom Kurtz, along with a handful of Dartmouth undergraduates, revolutionized computing with the introduction of time-sharing and the BASIC programming language. Before these innovations, computers were the domain of professional engineers and high-level mathematicians. The work at Dartmouth opened the door to computing for all Dartmouth students and faculty, and soon after, for people across the nation and the world.
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