Niklaus Wirth

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Niklaus WirthName: 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).


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

"Programming is usually taught by examples."