Donald Knuth

__Donald Ervin Knuth__ ( born January 10, 1938) is an American computer science, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University - wikipedia

Donald Knuth. American computer scientist - wikimedia

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 popularised the Big O 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. 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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