FORTRAN (FORmulaTRANslator) was a programming language adopted by the scientific community for its superior (at the time) number crunching performance, its portability, and its execution speed. Originally it had some foibles that took the unwary by surprise, like fixed formating, and computed goto statements. But a vast quantity of FORTRAN code has been written.
Ultimately, despite the efforts of interested parties, FORTRAN did not keep up with modern developments in programming languages, OOPs languages for example, and its speed of execution was no longer cited as a key benefit when interpreted languages or just in time (JIT) languages could deliver satisfactory performance and a more interactive programming experience.
Meadowlark have used FORTRAN to produce computer simulations of agricultural systems, computer models for medics, and data transformation applications for microbiologists.
Advantages of FORTRAN