Donald Knuth

1938-

Knuth is a renowned
computer scientist
and
Professor Emeritus
at
Stanford University.
Author of the seminal multi-volume work
The
Art of Computer Programming ("TAOCP"), Knuth has been called the "father"
of the
analysis of algorithms,
contributing to the development of, and systematizing formal mathematical
techniques for, the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of
algorithms, and in the process popularizing
asymptotic notation.
In addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of
theoretical computer science, Knuth is the creator of the
TeX computer typesetting system, the related
METAFONT
font definition language and rendering system, and the
Computer Modern
family of typefaces.
A prolific writer and scholar, Knuth created the
WEB/CWEB computer programming systems designed to
encourage and facilitate
literate programming, as well as designer of the
MMIX
instruction set architecture.
Knuth is referred to by some as the “Leonhard Euler of Computer Science” |