Niklaus Wirth

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Niklaus Wirth

Name: Niklaus Wirth

Born: February 15, 1934, in Winterthur, Switzerland

Computer-related contributions

Significant publications

  • 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).


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

"Programming is usually taught by examples."