Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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Andrew Stuart Tanenbaum (born March 16, 1944), sometimes referred to by the handle ast, is an American computer scientist and professor emeritus of computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He is the author of MINIX, a free Unix-like operating system for teaching purposes, and has written multiple computer science textbooks regarded as standard texts in the field. He regards his teaching job as his most important work. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Andrew S. Tanenbaum has received more than 735,916 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Andrew S. Tanenbaum is the 12th most popular computer scientist (up from 17th in 2019), the 1,105th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,200th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Computer Scientist.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum is most famous for his work in computer science, specifically in the development of MINIX, a Unix-like operating system for teaching purposes.

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Among computer scientists, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 12 out of 245Before him are Dennis Ritchie, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and Linus Torvalds. After him are Edgar F. Codd, Marvin Minsky, Ivan Sutherland, George Dantzig, Ray Kurzweil, and John Backus.

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Among people born in 1944, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 83Before him are R. Lee Ermey, W. G. Sebald, Gianni Morandi, Günter Netzer, Thein Sein, and Michelle Phillips. After him are Antonio Damasio, Coluche, Bernard Hill, Ian McDiarmid, Donna Haraway, and Erwin Neher.

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Among people born in United States, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 1,105 out of 20,380Before him are Dean Reed (1938), Linda McCartney (1941), Richard Thaler (1945), Laura Bush (1946), Robert Vaughn (1932), and Idina Menzel (1971). After him are George Jung (1942), Mary Ainsworth (1913), Richard Serra (1939), Robert F. Furchgott (1916), Edmund Phelps (1933), and Meir Kahane (1932).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 6Before him are Grace Hopper (1906), Richard Stallman (1953), Dennis Ritchie (1941), Donald Knuth (1938), and John McCarthy (1927). After him are Marvin Minsky (1927), Ivan Sutherland (1938), George Dantzig (1914), Ray Kurzweil (1948), John Backus (1924), and Ken Thompson (1943).