When I was tripping over lambda – I was trying to figure out why programming in Forth was so much more fun than programming in C, but ended up discovering lambda calculus instead – I read a bunch of articles by someone named Henry G. Baker.

He wasn’t an academic, but he published papers in academic journals – like the ACM’s Lisp Pointers and Sigplan Notices – yet his “organisational affiliation” didn’t mention an educational institution; instead, it mentioned Nimble Computer Corporation. I’m not sure what this was, but the name inspired me. Nimble Machines is my version of that idea.

He has written some seminal papers, esp about garbage collection.