Andrew Tanenbaum

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Andrew TanenbaumName: Andrew Stuart (Andy) Tanenbaum

Born: March 16, 1944, in New York, United States

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist best known as the author of MINIX, a free Unix-like operating system for teaching purposes.
  • He is professor of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His computer science textbooks are regarded as standard texts in the field.
  • His Book Operating Systems: Design and Implementation and MINIX were Linus Torvalds' inspiration for the Linux kernel.

Significant publications

  • Computer Networks, (co-authored with David J. Wetherall).
  • Operating Systems: Design and Implementation, (co-authored with Albert Woodhull).
  • Modern Operating Systems.
  • Distributed Operating Systems.
  • Structured Computer Organization.
  • Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms, (co-authored with Maarten van Steen).

Honors and awards

  • Winner of the 2003 TAA McGuffey award for classic textbooks for Computer Networks.
  • Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Fellow of the IEEE.
  • Fellow of the ACM.