Grace.

"I've driven a large number of people at least partially nuts. After all insisiting on talking to computers in plain English was a stupid idea and you couldn't do that. Except it worked.

There were a large number of people in the country who did not like talking in symbols. They were not mathematicians and they hated symbols. So let them write their programs in English. It was common sense."

Grace Hopper, creator of COBOL.