Niklaus Wirth

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Niklaus WirthName: Niklaus Wirth

Born: February 15, 1934 in Winterthur, Switzerland

Computer related contributions


  • Theory and Techniques of Compiler Construction (1996)
  • Algorithms + Data Structures = Programs (1975)
  • PASCAL - User Manual and Report. (1974)

Honors and awards

  • ACM Turing Award (1994)
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the ACM (1994)


"Software is getting slower more rapidly than hardware becomes faster." AKA "Wirth's law"

"Programming is usually taught by examples"