Yukihiro Matsumoto

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Yukihiro Matsumoto

Name: Yukihiro Matsumoto

Born: April 14, 1965, in Osaka Prefecture, Japan

Computer-related contributions

  • Japanese computer scientist and software programmer.
  • Known as the lead designer of the Ruby programming language and its reference implementation, Matz's Ruby Interpreter (MRI).

Significant publications

  • The Ruby Programming Language (2008).
  • Ruby In A Nutshell (2001).

Honors and awards

  • Award for the Advancement of Free Software (2011).
  • Fellow of Rakuten Institute of Technology.


"I didn't work hard to make Ruby perfect for everyone, because you feel differently from me. No language can be perfect for everyone. I tried to make Ruby perfect for me, but maybe it's not perfect for you. The perfect language for Guido van Rossum is probably Python."