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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald Knuth has received more than 1,985,810 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). Donald Knuth is the 6th most popular computer scientist, the 675th most popular biography from United States (down from 525th 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 6 out of 205Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Dennis Ritchie, and Richard Stallman. After him are Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Lotfi A. Zadeh, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, and Edgar F. Codd.

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Among people born in 1938, Donald Knuth ranks 32Before him are Leonid Kuchma, Albert Fert, Kenny Rogers, Otto Rehhagel, Bounnhang Vorachith, and Heinz Fischer. After him are Giorgetto Giugiaro, Robert Nozick, Jean Giraud, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Rod Laver, and Brian Dennehy.

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Among people born in United States, Donald Knuth ranks 675 out of 15,968Before him are Alice Cooper (1948), Hulk Hogan (1953), Thomas Harris (1940), Harry Belafonte (1927), L. Ron Hubbard (1911), and Jason Robards (1922). After him are Fred Trump (1905), Joseph McCarthy (1908), Thorstein Veblen (1857), Anne Bancroft (1931), John Cassavetes (1929), and Ritchie Valens (1941).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Donald Knuth ranks 4Before him are Grace Hopper (1906), Dennis Ritchie (1941), and Richard Stallman (1953). After him are John McCarthy (1927), Ken Thompson (1943), Ray Kurzweil (1948), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Vint Cerf (1943), George Dantzig (1914), Larry Page (1973), and Alan Kay (1940).