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Donald Knuth

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Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the 1974 recipient of the ACM Turing Award, informally considered the Nobel Prize of computer science. Knuth has been called the "father of the analysis of algorithms".He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming and contributed to the development of the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms and systematized formal mathematical techniques for it. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Knuth has received more than 2,408,439 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia. Donald Knuth is the 7th most popular computer scientist (down from 6th in 2019), the 694th most popular biography from United States (down from 675th 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 7 out of 201Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and Dennis Ritchie. After him are Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, George Dantzig, Linus Torvalds, John McCarthy, and Larry Page.

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Among people born in 1938, Donald Knuth ranks 38Before him are Albert Fert, Abulfaz Elchibey, Heinz Fischer, Jean Giraud, Giorgetto Giugiaro, and Fuad Masum. After him are Marina Vlady, Bounnhang Vorachith, Diana Rigg, Robert Nozick, Otto Rehhagel, and Michael Rockefeller.

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Among people born in United States, Donald Knuth ranks 694 out of 18,182Before him are Robert Altman (1925), Bill de Blasio (1961), John Irving (1942), Joe Louis (1914), Henrietta Swan Leavitt (1868), and Chick Corea (1941). After him are Victor Fleming (1889), Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Roy Orbison (1936), Margaret Hamilton (1936), Thomas Harris (1940), and Paul Morphy (1837).


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 George Dantzig (1914), John McCarthy (1927), Larry Page (1973), Vint Cerf (1943), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Ray Kurzweil (1948), Ken Thompson (1943), and Dorothy Vaughan (1910).