(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.5833) Hidden Figures -- the movie

Walt Brainerd walt.brainerd
Thu Jan 19 19:21:10 EST 2017

Yeah, I did three classes there, but it has been a few years.

One was particularly interesting: shortly after the arrival of F90,
they filled an auditorium with (IIRC) several hundred people and
I told them everything there was to know about Fortran 90 in an
hour or so :-). I wonder how many would show up for a similar
talk about F15--probably lots if Damian were doing it.

Now that I think of it, another one was interesting because it was
held offsite and they got a bomb threat and we had to take off
most of the day.

Wow! I just remembered something else (hard at this stage).
Somebody called me and wanted to know what book they should
show in some movie they were making (didn't know then really
what it was all about). I assume it was this one and I wonder if
they used what I recommended. I will soon see.

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 8:45 AM, <damian at sourceryinstitute.org> wrote:

> All,
> I hope everyone has a chance to see the fabulous movie Hidden Figures
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hidden_Figures>   FORTRAN plays a
> prominent role (in all caps of course ? the movie is set in the 1960?s
> after all), including a cover shot of a FORTRAN book. I?d say more, but I
> don?t want to spoil the suspense for anyone. :)
> It?s especially nice to know that the site of the movie, NASA Langley
> Research Center (LaRC), still uses Fortran extensively, including in its
> development of the FUN3D <https://fun3d.larc.nasa.gov/> CFD software that
> several aerospace companies, including SpaceX <http://www.spacex.com/>
> continue use.  I taught a course at NASA LaRC in 2014 and I believe Walt
> Brainerd has taught there in recent years so they are investing in learning
> modern Fortran.  I wonder if Katherine Goble Johnson, who inspired the main
> character and who is alive today at 98, knows that Fortran is still playing
> a significant role there.
> Damian
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Walt Brainerd
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