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Donald Knuth. (1938 - present). Pioneer Computer Artist. Timothy Foster CSCE 221H. http://www.fbbva.es/. The Life of Knuth. Pre-University. Donald Knuth had a great interest in sentence and music structure How many words can you form out of “Ziegler’s Giant Bar”?

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Donald knuth

Donald Knuth

(1938 - present)

Pioneer Computer Artist

Timothy Foster

CSCE 221H

http://www.fbbva.es/


Donald knuth

The Life of Knuth

Pre-University

  • Donald Knuth had a great interest in sentence and music structure

  • How many words can you form out of “Ziegler’s Giant Bar”?

  • Knuth produced 4500! The judges only had 2500…

http://www.retrocom.com/


Donald knuth

The Life of Knuth

University

  • Originally majored in Physics at Case Institute of Technology at Ohio

  • Switched to Mathematics and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s simultaneously

  • First encountered the IBM 650 Computer as a freshman…

    • …and proceeded to write programs better than its own.

  • Doctorate in Mathematics at California Institute of Technology, 1963

http://www.columbia.edu/


Donald knuth

His Life’s Work

The Art of Computer Programming

  • Originally about compiler design, Knuth broadened the scope to include the rigorous analysis of various algorithms

  • Planned to be Seven Volumes, with 3.25 already published

  • TeX was invented as a result of writing this book

  • According to the American Scientist, it is one of the “100 or so Books that shaped a Century of Science”

http://www.xkcd.com/


Donald knuth

Awards

1974 Turing Award Winner

  • 1971: First recipient of Grace Murray Hopper Award

  • 1979: National Medal of Science

  • 1995: John von Neumann Medal

  • 1996: Kyoto Prize

  • 1975: Elected into National Academy of Sciences

  • 1990: Elected as Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming

  • 2012: Fellow of American Mathematical Society

http://www.cs.utexas.edu/


Donald knuth

Today

Retired, but Still Working

  • Retired early from Stanford University in 1992

  • Spends his time finishing The Art of Computer Programming

  • Occasionally gives lectures at Stanford, called Computer Musings

http://www.tuwien.ac.at/


Donald knuth

Resources

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Knuth

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Computer_Programming

  • http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Knuth.html

  • http://amturing.acm.org/award_winners/knuth_1013846.cfm


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