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a programing language.
Also defined at: http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/foldoc.cgi?query=fortran.
FORTRAN or formula translation, the first high level programming language, was invented by John Backus for IBM, in 1954, and released commercially, in 1957. It is still used today for programming scientific and mathematical applications. Fortran began as a digital code interpreter for the IBM 701 and was originally named Speedcoding. [Inventors(About.com)]
Sorting algorithms implemented in FORTRAN: