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Greg Whitten is a former Microsoft Chief software architect where he worked from 1979 to 1998. Whitten graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in mathematics and from Harvard University with a Ph.D. in applied mathematics. At Microsoft, he developed the standards for the company's BASIC compiler line.[1] Since 2003, he has been CEO of Numerix.[2] He is also a vintage car enthusiast.

"GW" in the name of the GW-BASIC dialect of BASIC developed by Microsoft may have come form Greg Whitten's initials:

"The GW-BASIC name stands for Gee-Whiz BASIC. The GW- name was picked by Bill Gates. He is the one who knows whether it was Gee-Whiz or after me because it has been used both ways. I did set the directions for the BASIC language features after joining the company in 1979.

- Greg Whitten, 13 Apr 2005 [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Gregory Whitten (2005-04-13). "GW-BASIC". Retrieved 2008-06-29. 
  2. "Numerix - Company - Executive Management". Retrieved 2009-03-22. 

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