One of the amazing features of Python is the fact that it is actually one person’s work. Usually, new programming languages are developed and published by large companies employing lots of professionals, and due to copyright rules, it is very hard to name any of the people involved in the project. Python is an exception.
There are not many languages whose authors are known by name.
Python was created by Guido van Rossum, born in 1956 in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Of course, van Rossum did not develop and evolve all the Python components himself.
The speed with which Python has spread around the world is a result of the continuous work of thousands (very often anonymous) programmers, testers, users (many of them aren’t IT specialists) and enthusiasts, but it must be said that the very first idea (the seed from which Python sprouted) came to one head – Guido’s.
The circumstances in which Python was created are a bit puzzling. According to van Rossum:
In December 1989, I was looking for a “hobby” programming project that would keep me occupied during the week around Christmas. My office (…) would be closed, but I had a home computer, and not much else on my hands. I decided to write an interpreter for the new scripting language I had been thinking about lately: a descendant of ABC that would appeal to Unix/C hackers. I chose Python as a working title for the project, being in a slightly irreverent mood (and a big fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus).