Elliott ALGOL

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Elliott ALGOL
ParadigmsMulti-paradigm: procedural, imperative, structured
Designed byTony Hoare, others
DeveloperElliott Brothers
First appearedFebruary 1962; 60 years ago (1962-02)
Typing disciplineStatic, strong
ScopeLexical (static)
Implementation languageAssembly
PlatformElliott 803
Influenced by

Elliott ALGOL is a compiler for the programming language ALGOL 60, for the Elliott 803 computer made by Elliott Brothers in the United Kingdom. It was implemented by Tony Hoare and others.[1] It differed slightly from the reference version of ALGOL, particularly in the supported character set.[2] First released in February 1962, it is believed to be the first implementation of an ALGOL 60 compiler in a commercial context and was an unexpectedly popular product for the company.[3]


  1. ^ Hoare, Charles Antony Richard (27 October 1980). "The 1980 ACM Turing Award Lecture" (PDF). Nashville, Tennessee: Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2 May 2021 – via Florida State University.
  2. ^ Baldwin, Tim (December 2013). "Elliot 803: The ALGOL Compiler". Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  3. ^ Lavington, Simon (2011). Moving Targets: Elliott-Automation and the Dawn of the Computer Age in Britain, 1947-67. Springer. pp. 283–287. ISBN 978-1848829329.