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And the reason Pascal is pretty much directly derived from Algol is that Wirth was on the Algol committee, and kept trying to get it simplified and tightened up. He then eventually went on to do Euler and Pascal (and of course later Modula and Oberon) to implement the ideas he'd had for Algol.

This is quite interesting: Pascal and its Successors - Niklaus Wirth http://www.swissdelphicenter.ch/en/niklauswirth.php

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