Who is Marcel?

I am a versatile and tenacious physical chemist with MSc in Chemistry and PhD in Applied Physics. Being service oriented, I take pride in finding robust, concept-driven solutions for complex problems … [Read more about Marcel]

The Algol 68 Genie project

The development of Algol played an important role in establishing computer science as an academic discipline. The Algol 68 Genie project preserves and promotes Algol 68 out of educational as well as scientific-historical interest, by making available a recent checkout compiler-interpreter written from scratch by Marcel van der Veer, together with extensive documentation for both the language and this new implementation. Algol 68 Genie is free software distributed under the GNU General Public License; it is a fast compiler-interpreter which ranks among the most complete implementations of the language.

The distributions let you build Algol 68 Genie from source code on Linux or related operating systems. Detailed installation instructions are in the book Learning Algol 68 Genie … [Read more on the Algol 68 Genie project]


Read Marcel's blog posts

Marcel van der Veer Linear regression explained

September 2022

Did you, like me, have to learn linear regression the hard way during your education, by means of tedious calculus … [Read more]

Published in category Mathematics, Statistics


Marcel van der Veer FORTRAN - lingua franca with a promising future behind it

March 2022

In the eighties, science undergraduates like me took a course in structured programming at the computer science department … [Read more]

Published in category Computing history


Marcel van der Veer Building a simple NAS with Debian 11

March 2022

There are many recipes around to convert an obsolete PC into a DIY NAS for use on a Windows-machine network … [Read more]

Published in category Tech Tips


Marcel van der Veer Announcing Algol 68 Genie 3.0

December 2021

I have released the current source as version 3.0. I have also updated the documentation, Learning Algol 68 Genie … [Read more]

Published in category Algol 68


Marcel van der Veer VM/CMS and MVS/TSO reunited

October 2021

When I was a student, the university computing centre offered VM/CMS and MVS/TSO running on IBM (compatible) mainframes … [Read more]

Published in category Computing history


Marcel van der Veer Algol68C on MVS revisited

August 2018

As the author of Algol 68 Genie I am interested in having access to other Algol 68 compilers for reference purposes … [Read more]

Published in category Computing history


Marcel van der Veer Let the music play on - vintage HiFi

July 2018

Lately I needed to call on some of my now rusty electronics skills since I came into some older HiFi equipment in need of attention … [Read more]

Published in category Tech Tips


Marcel van der Veer Building a small Beowulf cluster II

April 2018

As described in an earlier post, at home I operate a modest Beowulf type cluster for embarrassingly parallel simulation runs in batch mode … [Read more]

Published in category Tech Tips


Marcel van der Veer Be multilingual!

January 2018

Every year my daughter's high school invites parents to partake in an evening of information sessions, to help students orient themselves on their future … [Read more]

Published in category Education


Marcel van der Veer Classical thermodynamics in a nutshell

November 2017

Recently I met during an event at my Alma Mater, the University of Nijmegen, my high school physics teacher … [Read more]

Published in category Science


Marcel van der Veer A brief history of Algol 68 Genie

November 2016

Being the author of Algol 68 Genie, people frequently ask me why a physical chemist wrote an Algol 68 compiler … [Read more]

Published in category Algol 68


Marcel van der Veer Building a small Beowulf cluster

October 2016

At home I operate a modest Beowulf type cluster for embarrassingly parallel simulation runs in batch mode … [Read more]

Published in category Tech Tips


Marcel van der Veer Running Algol68C on MVS

October 2012

Recently, Algol68C Release 1.3039 was made public for download … [Read more]

Published in category Computing history


Marcel van der Veer Revised Report on the Algorithmic Language Algol 68

June 2009

This is a translation of the Algol 68 Revised Report into HTML, for distribution with Algol 68 Genie, an Open Source Algol 68 interpreter … [Read more]

Published in category Algol 68



Downloads available on this site

Marcel van der Veer Learning Algol 68 Genie 3.0

January 2022


Marcel van der Veer Algol 68 Genie 3.0

January 2022


Marcel van der Veer Learning Algol 68 Genie 2.8

November 2016


Marcel van der Veer Algol 68 Genie 2.8

November 2016


Marcel van der Veer Digital version of doctorate thesis

January 2016


Marcel van der Veer Genealogical essay

November 2013