Carl Petri

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Carl PetriName: Carl Adam Petri

Born: July 12, 1926, in Leipzig, Weimar Republic, Germany

Died: July 2, 2010 (Age: 84)

Computer-related contributions

  • Petri nets were invented in August 1939 by Carl Adam Petri – at the age of 13 – for the purpose of describing chemical processes.
  • Petri's work significantly advanced the fields of parallel computing and distributed computing, and it helped define the modern studies of complex systems and workflow management.

Honors and awards

  • Cross of Merit, First class (1988).
  • Konrad Zuse Medal (1993).
  • Werner von Siemens Ring (1996).
  • IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (2008).