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Peter Naur

1928 - 2016

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Peter Naur (25 October 1928 – 3 January 2016) was a Danish computer science pioneer and Turing award winner. He is best remembered as a contributor, with John Backus, to the Backus–Naur form (BNF) notation used in describing the syntax for most programming languages. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Peter Naur has received more than 255,301 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Peter Naur is the 34th most popular computer scientist (down from 28th in 2019), the 200th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 191st in 2019) and the most popular Danish Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Peter Naur ranks 34 out of 201Before him are Kevin Mitnick, Tony Hoare, Ivan Sutherland, Barbara Liskov, J. C. R. Licklider, and Luigi Federico Menabrea. After him are Ken Kutaragi, Maurice Wilkes, Brian Kernighan, Nolan Bushnell, Allen Newell, and Jack Dorsey.

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Among people born in 1928, Peter Naur ranks 150Before him are Juan María Bordaberry, Vidal Sassoon, Lorna Wing, Cannonball Adderley, László Budai, and Ali Kafi. After him are Joseph Kittinger, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Alexis Korner, Anne Sexton, Ulric Neisser, and Jo Schlesser. Among people deceased in 2016, Peter Naur ranks 118Before him are Ernst Nolte, Greg Lake, Thorbjörn Fälldin, Black, Anisa Makhlouf, and Prince Dimitri Romanov. After him are Goran Hadžić, Meir Dagan, Isao Tomita, António Mascarenhas Monteiro, Oleg Popov, and Bill Nunn.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Peter Naur ranks 200 out of 893Before him are Adam Oehlenschläger (1779), Preben Elkjær (1957), Prince Harald of Denmark (1876), Princess Caroline of Denmark (1793), Poul Schlüter (1929), and Princess Frederica Amalia of Denmark (1649). After him are Princess Caroline-Mathilde of Denmark (1912), Jacob Gade (1879), Princess Louise of Denmark (1726), Kaj Munk (1898), Christen C. Raunkiær (1860), and Adam Wilhelm Moltke (1785).


Among computer scientists born in Denmark, Peter Naur ranks 1After him are David Heinemeier Hansson (1979).