Donald Knuth Biography


Donald Knuth

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Birth Name: Donald Knuth
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Birth Country: United States
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Age:   79 Years
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Donald Ervin Knuth (born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist and mathematician. He is also a professor emeritus at Stanford University. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father owned a small printing business and taught bookkeeping at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where he earned achievement awards. He applied his intelligence in unconventional ways, winning a contest when he was in eighth grade by finding over 4,500 words that could be formed from the letters in "Ziegler's Giant Bar"; the judges had only about 2,500 words on their master list. This won him a television set for his school and enough candy bars for his entire school. On receiving his PhD, Knuth joined Caltech's faculty as an associate professor.

Donald is a married man and he is married to Jill Knuth, however, there is no more information about when he was married and how many children he has. There is also no more information about his extra marital affairs and the case of these sweet couple getting divorced. In 2006, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent surgery the same year and started "a little bit of radiation therapy... as a precaution but the prognosis looks pretty good"; he stated these things in his video autobiography.

Donald was in an official group of people to write a book on computer programming language compilers. While he was on this project, he concluded that he could not adequately create the topic without first developing a fundamental theory of computer programming, which became The Art of Computer Programming. He published the first volume of his book in 1968. Prior to publishing the 1st volume of The Art of Computer Programming, he left Cal-tech to accept employment with the Institute for Defense Analyses' Communications Research Division, then situated on the Princeton University campus, which was performing mathematical research in cryptography to support the National Security Agency. He earned a huge salary being a scientist and a professor at various institutions. However, his real time net worth is unknown to the press.
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Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1938 10th of January

He was from a middle-class family. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His father owned a small printing business and taught bookkeeping at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where he earned achievement awards.

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Published his first scientific article

1957

It was 1957, when he published his first "scientific" article in a school magazine. It was published under the title "Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures." In this article, he classified the fundamental unit of length as the thickness of Mad No. 26, and named the fundamental unit of force "whatmeworry." Mad published the article in issue No. 33.

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Received his bachelor of science degree

1960

He attended Case Institute of Technology majoring physics. However, he switched his major from physics to mathematics and he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1960 and at the same time he was also honored with a Master of Science degree by a special award of the faculty who considered his work exceptionally outstanding.

 

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Published the first volume of his book

1968

Donald was one of the official group of people to write a book on computer programming language. While he was on this project, he concluded that he could not adequately create the topic without first developing a fundamental theory of computer programming, which became The Art of Computer Programming. He published the first volume of his book in 1968. 

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Honored with the first ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

1971

Knuth has received lots of honor in his life for his contribution to the scientific world. In 1971, he was honored with the first ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. He has also received awards like the Turing Award, the National Medal of Science, the John von Neumann Medal, and the Kyoto Prize.

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He received Turing Award

1974

Since 1971, he has received lots of honors and awards. In 1974, he received Turing Award. The following year he was also honored by the Lester R. Ford Award. He also won this award in 1993. In late 70s he was also honored with the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecturer and National Medal of Science.

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Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

1975

He has been honored with prestigious awards for his valuable contribution to this world. In 1975, he was inducted to the National Academy of Sciences. In 1992, he also became an associate of the French Academy of Sciences. In 2003, he was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Society.

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Honored by the title of Professor of The Art of Computer Programming

1990

He is a great computer scientist. He has provided lots of thing to the computer world. For this in 1990 he was crowned the one-of-a-kind academic title of Professor of The Art of Computer Programming, which has since been revised to Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming.

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Wrote the preface of the book A=B

1995

In 1995, he wrote the preface to the book A=B by Marko Petkovsek, Herbert Wilf and Doron Zeilberger. He is also an occasional contributor to The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. He is also the author of Surreal Numbers. It is a mathematical novelette on John Conway's set theory construction of an alternate system of numbers.

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Diagnosed with prostate cancer

2006

In 2006, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent surgery the same year and started "a little bit of radiation therapy... as a precaution but the prognosis looks pretty good"; he stated these things in his video autobiography.

 

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