Jim Brown (computer scientist)

James A. Brown was manager of the group within IBM responsible for the programming language APL2 program product. APL2 was first available on IBM mainframe computers in 1980, and was later available under Linux, Unix, and Windows. In 1993, Brown received the Kenneth E. Iverson Award for Outstanding Contribution to APL from the Association for Computing Machinery.[1]

James A. Brown
Born (1943-12-23) December 23, 1943
CitizenshipUnited States
Known for
  • APL2
  • SmartArrays (cofounder)
AwardsKenneth E. Iverson Award for Outstanding Contribution to APL
Scientific career
FieldsComputer software management
  • IBM
  • SmartArrays (cofounder)
InfluencesKenneth E. Iverson

In 1996, he left IBM to become a consultant and entrepreneur.[2] In 1999, Brown cofounded SmartArrays, Inc., and has held a senior position in the company for many years.[2] The firm develops specialized analytic software based on columnar databases, with memory-resident vector processing, for uses where customers consider commercial off-the-shelf software to be more expensive, slow, or limited.


  1. "Kenneth E. Iverson Award". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  2. "About Us". SmartArrays. SmartArrays, Inc. Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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