Donald Ervin Knuth 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 and has been called the "father" of the
analysis of algorithms. 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. As a
member of the academic and scientific community, Knuth is strongly opposed to
the policy of granting software patents. He has expressed his disagreement
directly to the patent offices of the United States and Europe. (via Wikipedia)
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