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Robert "Rob" C. Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian programmer and author. He is best known for his work on the Go programming language and at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs and Inferno operating systems, as well as the Limbo programming language. He also co-developed the Blit graphical terminal for Unix; before that he wrote the first window system for Unix in 1981. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rob Pike has received more than 523,286 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Rob Pike is the 136th most popular computer scientist (down from 135th in 2019), the 452nd most popular biography from Canada (down from 408th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Canadian Computer Scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Rob Pike ranks 136 out of 205Before him are Phil Zimmermann, Anita Borg, Raj Reddy, Subhash Kak, Christos Papadimitriou, and Audrey Tang. After him are Bruce Schneier, David Patterson, Shafi Goldwasser, Yann LeCun, Hans Reiser, and Liu Gang.

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Among people born in 1956, Rob Pike ranks 342Before him are Lisa Eilbacher, Chloe Webb, Cristina Comencini, Hernán Darío Gómez, Michael Hoffman, and Roberto Regazzi. After him are Anne Veski, Ray Wilkins, Jonathan Palmer, Volodymyr Lytvyn, Rosalía Arteaga, and Adam Arkin.

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Among people born in Canada, Rob Pike ranks 452 out of 1,130Before him are Mary Harron (1953), Ken Kirzinger (1959), Mark Strand (1934), Gil Bellows (1967), Shannon Tweed (1957), and Art Ross (1885). After him are Dwight Lodeweges (1957), Devin Townsend (1972), Shawn Levy (1968), John Stanley Plaskett (1865), Lorne Michaels (1944), and Enrico Colantoni (1963).


Among computer scientists born in Canada, Rob Pike ranks 5Before him are Brian Kernighan (1942), James Gosling (1955), Alfred Aho (1941), and Kenneth E. Iverson (1920).