Edsger W. Dijkstra

1930 - 2002

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Edsger Wybe Dijkstra ( DYKE-strə; Dutch: [ˈɛtsxər ˈʋibə ˈdɛikstra] (listen); 11 May 1930 – 6 August 2002) was a Dutch computer scientist, programmer, software engineer, systems scientist, science essayist, and pioneer in computing science. A theoretical physicist by training, he worked as a programmer at the Mathematisch Centrum (Amsterdam) from 1952 to 1962. A university professor for much of his life, Dijkstra held the Schlumberger Centennial Chair in Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin from 1984 until his retirement in 1999. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edsger W. Dijkstra has received more than 1,465,379 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Edsger W. Dijkstra is the 7th most popular computer scientist, the 94th most popular biography from Netherlands (down from 71st in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Computer Scientist.

Edsger Dijkstra is most famous for his work in computer science, particularly in the design of the algorithm for the shortest path problem.

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Among computer scientists, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 7 out of 205Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Dennis Ritchie, Richard Stallman, and Donald Knuth. After him are Niklaus Wirth, Lotfi A. Zadeh, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, Edgar F. Codd, and Ken Thompson.

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Among people born in 1930, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 47Before him are Carlos Menem, Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Carlos Kleiber, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Robert Wagner, and Gena Rowlands. After him are Yves Chauvin, Lorin Maazel, George E. Smith, Adunis, Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, and Ali al-Sistani. Among people deceased in 2002, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 26Before him are Camilo José Cela, Robert Nozick, James Tobin, Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Fritz Walter, and Linda Lovelace. After him are Alexander Prokhorov, Nándor Hidegkuti, John Gotti, Juan Alberto Schiaffino, Eduardo Chillida, and Jonas Savimbi.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 94 out of 1,209Before him are Willem de Kooning (1904), Herman Boerhaave (1668), Hendrick Avercamp (1585), Kees van Dongen (1877), Multatuli (1820), and Pieter Aertsen (1508). After him are Marinus van der Lubbe (1909), Claus Sluter (1340), Gerard David (1450), Gerrit Dou (1613), Gerard ter Borch (1617), and Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands (1967).


Among computer scientists born in Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 1After him are Guido van Rossum (1956).