Donald Knuth

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Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist and mathematician. He is a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the 1974 recipient of the ACM Turing Award, informally considered the Nobel Prize of computer science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Knuth has received more than 2,748,271 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 73 in 2019). Donald Knuth is the 8th most popular computer scientist (down from 7th in 2019), the 673rd most popular biography from United States (up from 694th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Computer Scientist.

Donald Knuth is most famous for his work in computer science, and in particular, for the development of the TeX typesetting system.

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Among computer scientists, Donald Knuth ranks 8 out of 245Before him are Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Niklaus Wirth, Dennis Ritchie, and Edsger W. Dijkstra. After him are John McCarthy, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Linus Torvalds, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Edgar F. Codd, and Marvin Minsky.

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Among people born in 1938, Donald Knuth ranks 40Before him are Giorgetto Giugiaro, Fuad Masum, Otto Rehhagel, Heinz Fischer, Diana Rigg, and José Altafini. After him are Kenny Rogers, Robert Nozick, Princess Désirée, Baroness Silfverschiöld, César Luis Menotti, Ahmed Qurei, and Jean Giraud.

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Among people born in United States, Donald Knuth ranks 673 out of 20,380Before him are Colin Powell (1937), Harper Lee (1926), Irwin Rose (1926), Black Dahlia (1924), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), and Michael Mann (1943). After him are Charles H. Townes (1915), Ursula K. Le Guin (1929), Frances Farmer (1913), Washington Irving (1783), Linda B. Buck (1947), and Nancy Pelosi (1940).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Donald Knuth ranks 4Before him are Grace Hopper (1906), Richard Stallman (1953), and Dennis Ritchie (1941). After him are John McCarthy (1927), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Marvin Minsky (1927), Ivan Sutherland (1938), George Dantzig (1914), Ray Kurzweil (1948), John Backus (1924), and Ken Thompson (1943).