Edsger W. Dijkstra

1930 - 2002

Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger Wybe Dijkstra (; 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 1,057,022 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 7 out of 187Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Stallman, Dennis Ritchie, and Donald Knuth. After him are Lotfi A. Zadeh, Niklaus Wirth, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, Marvin Minsky, and Edgar F. Codd.

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Among people born in 1930, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 35Before him are Silvana Mangano, Tu Youyou, Leon Cooper, Bernie Ecclestone, Richard Harris, and Gena Rowlands. After him are Gary Becker, George E. Smith, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Immanuel Wallerstein, Jerome Isaac Friedman, and Biljana Plavšić. Among people deceased in 2002, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 20Before him are Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Chuck Jones, James Coburn, Ivan Illich, Richard Harris, and Valeriy Lobanovskyi. After him are Camilo José Cela, Alexander Prokhorov, Rod Steiger, James Tobin, Linda Lovelace, and Robert Nozick.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Edsger W. Dijkstra ranks 71 out of 908Before him are Johan de Witt (1625), Jan Oort (1900), Geert Hofstede (1928), Gerard van Honthorst (1592), Norbert of Xanten (1080), and Dieric Bouts (1415). After him are Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (1584), Ronald Koeman (1963), Sylvia Kristel (1952), Cornelius Jansen (1585), Petrus Christus (1410), and Pieter de Hooch (1629).


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

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