Per Hansen

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Per HansenName: Per Brinch Hansen

Born: November 13, 1938, in Frederiksberg, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Death: July 31, 2007 (Age: 68)

Computer-related contributions

  • Danish-American computer scientist.
  • Known for concurrent programming theory and operating systems (kernels).
  • Coined the then Danish word for computer: Datamat (English: datamaton).

Significant publications

  • A Programmer's Story: The Life of a Computer Pioneer (2004).
  • The Origin of Concurrent Programming: From Semaphores to Remote Procedure Calls (2004).
  • Classic Operating Systems: From Batch Processing to Distributed Systems (2001).
  • Programming for Everyone in Java (1999).
  • The Search for Simplicity: Essays in Parallel Programming (1996).
  • Concurrent Programming: The Architecture of Concurrent Programs (1977).
  • Operating system Principles (1973).

Honors and awards

  • IEEE Computer Pioneer Award (2002).
  • Chancellor's Medal, Syracuse University (1989).
  • IEEE Fellow (1985).
  • Doctor Technices (1978).


"Writing is a rigorous test of simplicity: It is just not possible to write convincingly about ideas that cannot be understood."

"Programming is the art of writing essays in crystal clear prose and making them executable."