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).


  • 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"