User:Mark Halpern

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My academic training is in English language and literature, with a BA from City College of New York, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an all-but-dissertation Ph.D from Columbia. I left academia when I discovered (a) that I hated the academic life, and (b) that there was something called computer programming. I joined IBM's Programming Research department just after it released Fortran, and spent the next thirty years or so in that discipline, later in technical writing and editing. I am the author of two published books, one on programming, the other on language usage and linguistics.

Samples of my writing on several subjects can be found on my web site,