Bob Bemer died on 22 June 2004. I must confess I didn’t know his name, but it’s one we should know, as he
developed the Ascii coding system to standardise the way computers represent letters, numbers, punctuation marks and some control codes. He also introduced the backslash and escape key.
The American Standard Code for Information Interchange (Ascii) allowed computer systems to move away from their own proprietary systems of representing alphanumeric characters, meaning they could share information much more easily.
In 2002 he was honoured with a Computer Pioneer Award by the IEEE Computer Society “For meeting the world’s needs for variant character sets and other symbols, via ASCII, ASCII-alternate sets, and escape sequences”. [Via: BBC Technology News]