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The Fortran Forum was a newsletter published by the Special Interest Group in Programming Languages (SIGPLan) of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). It was published three times per year and addressed the Fortran language, its uses, profitability, standardization, further evolution, and the implementation of Fortran processors.

Membership in ACM or SIGPLan was not necessary to subscribe to the Fortran Forum.

Ian Chivers was the latest editor.


The Fortran Forum was founded by Loren P. Meissner. Originally called the “ForTec Forum” (ForTec was short for the Fortran Technical Committee), the first issue appeared in July 1982. The name was changed to “Fortran Forum” in December, 1984.

The latest issue of Fortran Forum was published in April 2020. A few articles of February 2021 are also available online.

Previous Editors:

  • Loren P. Meissner: July 1982–December 1999.
  • Michael Metcalf: December 1999–December 2004.
  • Ian Chivers: December 2004–2021.