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Donald Ervin Knuth

Current Location:: Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, United States
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Birthplace: Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States
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Son of Ervin Henry Knuth and Louise Marie Bohning
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Father of Private and Private

Occupation: Mathematician, computer scientist
Managed by: Harald Tveit Alvestrand
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About Donald Knuth

Donald Ervin Knuth (born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University.

He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming. He contributed to the development of the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms and systematized formal mathematical techniques for it. In the process he also popularized the asymptotic notation. In addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of theoretical computer science, Knuth is the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the Computer Modern family of typefaces.

As a writer and scholar, Knuth created the WEB and CWEB computer programming systems designed to encourage and facilitate literate programming, and designed the MIX/MMIX instruction set architectures. Knuth strongly opposes granting software patents, having expressed his opinion to the United States Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Organisation.

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1938
January 10, 1938
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States