Jump to content

Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

Inventor of the Escape Key dies

Recommended Posts

DALLAS (June 24) - Bob Bemer, a computer pioneer who helped develop the ASCII coding system and the technology that led to the "escape" key on keyboards, has died at the age of 84 after battling cancer, his caregiver said on Thursday.


Bemer died on Tuesday at his home near Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas, 120 miles west of Dallas.


He worked for several years for IBM Corp. in the late 1950s and 1960s, and it was there that he helped develop the American Standard Code for Information Interchange. ASCII is a format code used in most computers in the world that allows them to read text as a binary number.


Bemer is also credited with writing the computer sequence that allows for the "escape" command. The escape command was seen as a major innovation in computing because it allowed users to move backward or sideways in a program.


He won the Computer Pioneer Award in 2002 from the IEEE Computer Society for his work in making it easier for people to move text and images on a computer screen.


"Computer power is work power, but it is also knowledge power, of the kind that has been used throughout history for aggrandizement as well as the good of the people," Bemer wrote on his Web site.

"For instance" is not proof.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 7
  • Created
  • Last Reply

And this is even on-topic:




Really too bad- i use the ESC key all day long in vi and stuff. At least he was 84, and not some young kid, though. Recently lost a collegue in IRC- a perl developer we all only knew as "Spoon" at the age of 22.

Dr. Seuss: The Original White Rapper



Link to comment
Share on other sites

I thought you were talking about that Japanese computer-guy that had that room where you find the key to get-out, he deserves to die :P


That is interesting anyway, I guess someone has to invent things, or we'd all be living in caves and beating women over the head to get sex so we can evolve, seems like a good enough excuse to me :freak:

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It would seem Bermer finally used his invention.


So many of these things we take for granted, not ever really recognizing that an individual was at the genesis of it; you just sort of assume the ESC key, as if it developed on its own with the advancement of technology or while being left in a room full of keyboards, overnight.

I've upped my standards; now, up yours.
Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...