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This article is about the software developer. For the archaeologist, see Mark Horton (archaeologist)
In the early 1970s, Horton designed and implemented the HORTRAN compiler. He was an expert user of early networked computing systems, such as the HP 2000 minicomputer, and provided fellow students with valuable advice that led many to lifelong careers in computer science and related fields that rely heavily on computing.
Horton wrote a FORTRAN implementation of John Horton Conway's Game of Life on a UNIVAC 1108 and tracked the evolution of thousands of cellular automata patterns on grid spaces up to 1000 by 1000, using magnetic tape to store intermediate results.