Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Name: Donald Ervin Knuth
Born: January 10, 1938
- Computer scientist, Author, and Professor Emeritus at Stanford University.
- Called the "father of the analysis of algorithms".
- He contributed to the development of the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms and systematized formal mathematical techniques for it. In the process he also popularized the asymptotic notation.
- Knuth is the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the computer modern family of typefaces.
- A writer and scholar, Knuth created the WEB/CWEB computer programming systems designed to encourage and facilitate literate programming. He is also known for designing the MIX/MMIX instruction set architectures.
- The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1–4.
Honors and awards
- Kyoto Prize (1996).
- Harvey Prize (1995).
- John von Neumann Medal (1995).
- Turing Award (1974).
"A list is only as strong as its weakest link."
"Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct, not tried it."