Alan Perlis

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Alan Perlis

Name: Alan Jay Perlis

Born: April 1, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Death: February 7, 1990 (Age: 68)

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist.
  • Chair of mathematics, and later the Computer Science Department, at Purdue University.
  • Noted for his contribution to computer programming languages, advanced programming techniques, and compiler construction.

Honors and awards

  • First recipient of the Turing Award (1966).
  • IEEE Computer Pioneer Award for his work in computer language translation (1985).


"A year spent in artificial intelligence is enough to make one believe in God."