Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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Andrew Stuart Tanenbaum (born March 16, 1944), sometimes referred to by the handle ast, is an American-Dutch 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 for his 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 551,189 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Andrew S. Tanenbaum is the 15th most popular computer scientist, the 1,330th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,213th in 2019) and the 8th 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 15 out of 205Before him are Lotfi A. Zadeh, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, Edgar F. Codd, Ken Thompson, and Ray Kurzweil. After him are Vint Cerf, George Dantzig, Larry Page, Alan Kay, Marvin Minsky, and John Backus.

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Among people born in 1944, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 74Before him are Bernard Hill, Kim Yong-il, Peter Tosh, François Cevert, Makoto Kobayashi, and Ian McDiarmid. After him are Serge Haroche, Jan Guillou, Rudy Giuliani, Roger Daltrey, Gérard Mourou, and Tahar Ben Jelloun.

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Among people born in United States, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 1,330 out of 15,968Before him are Duff McKagan (1964), Edmund Kemper (1948), Martin Balsam (1919), Matt LeBlanc (1967), Alan J. Heeger (1936), and Henry Gantt (1861). After him are Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), John Fenn (1917), Robert Loggia (1930), Paul Stanley (1952), Debbie Harry (1945), and John G. Avildsen (1935).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Andrew S. Tanenbaum ranks 8Before him are Dennis Ritchie (1941), Richard Stallman (1953), Donald Knuth (1938), John McCarthy (1927), Ken Thompson (1943), and Ray Kurzweil (1948). After him are Vint Cerf (1943), George Dantzig (1914), Larry Page (1973), Alan Kay (1940), Marvin Minsky (1927), and John Backus (1924).