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Mike Cowlishaw

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Mike Cowlishaw is an IBM Fellow based at IBM UK’s Warwick location, a Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (roughly the equivalent of the NAE in the USA).

Cowlishaw joined IBM in 1974 as an electronic engineer but is best known as a programmer. He is known for designing and implementing the REXX and NetRexx programming languages, and for his work on color perception, the LEXX editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, electronic publishing, PMGlobe (http://www.google.com/search?q=pmglobe), the IBM Jargon file (IBMJARG (http://www.google.com/search?q=ibmjarg)), Java-related languages, and decimal arithmetic.

He has also contributed to numerous computing standards, including ISO (SGML, COBOL, C, C++), BSI (SGML, C), ANSI (REXX), IETF (HTTP 1.0), W3C (XML Schema), ECMA (ECMAScript, C#, CLI), and IEEE (754r floating-point).

Ouside computing, he also is known as a caver. A life member of the NSS, he wrote classic articles in the 1970s and 1980s on battery technology and on the shock strength of caving ropes and caved in the UK, New England, Spain, and Mexico. He still appears to cave in Spain with Speleogroup (http://www.speleogroup.org) and designs LED-based caving lamps etc.

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