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Guido van Rossum

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Guido van Rossum (Dutch: [ˈɣido vɑn ˈrɔsʏm, -səm]; born 31 January 1956) is a Dutch programmer best known as the creator of the Python programming language, for which he was the "benevolent dictator for life" (BDFL) until he stepped down from the position on 12 July 2018. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guido van Rossum has received more than 2,542,708 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Guido van Rossum is the 22nd most popular computer scientist (up from 29th in 2019), the 180th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 272nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Dutch Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Guido van Rossum ranks 22 out of 201Before him are Edgar F. Codd, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Ray Kurzweil, Ken Thompson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Marvin Minsky. After him are Alan Kay, John Backus, Ward Cunningham, Jef Raskin, Leonard Kleinrock, and Kevin Mitnick.

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Among people born in 1956, Guido van Rossum ranks 49Before him are David Caruso, Ian Curtis, Bakir Izetbegović, Zbigniew Boniek, Jost Gippert, and Anthony Bourdain. After him are Ravi Shankar, Maria Teresa, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Michele Alboreto, Min Aung Hlaing, Michael Biehn, and Dave Murray.

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Among people born in Netherlands, Guido van Rossum ranks 180 out of 1,427Before him are Jan Lievens (1607), Dirck van Baburen (1595), Geertgen tot Sint Jans (1460), Jan van Scorel (1495), Pim Fortuyn (1948), and Johnny Rep (1951). After him are Regnier de Graaf (1641), Rachel Ruysch (1664), Willem de Sitter (1872), Anton Mauve (1838), Jan Davidsz. de Heem (1606), and Ruud Lubbers (1939).


Among computer scientists born in Netherlands, Guido van Rossum ranks 2Before him are Edsger W. Dijkstra (1930). After him are Bram Moolenaar (1961).

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