|John J. Forrest|
In 1964 started programming in ALGOL on paper tape at the Institute of Computer Science, London University. The hardware was one of the world's most powerful computers - Atlas - the first computer to have virtual memory and which was respectably fast - 200K flops!
Joined Scicon PLC in 1967 and worked under one of the Optimization pioneers (Martin Beale) for ten years in the area of Optimization (also known as Mathematical Programming ) both as a consultant to companies on their optimization problems and in developing Mathematical Programming software to solve their problems. Worked on three Optimization products - Alligator (named after a distant early relative of optimization - alligation) and Umpire (Unified Mathematical Program Incorporating Refinements and Extensions) and the less imaginatively named - Sciconic.
Left Scicon PLC in 1978 to set up Advanced Mathematical Software Ltd to produce software for mini-computers.
Joined IBM Research at Watson in 1985. Worked on IBM's MPSX/370 and then on OSL (Optimization Solutions and Library).
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