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  1. Edsger W. Dijkstra was born in Rotterdam. His father was a chemist who was president of the Dutch Chemical Society ; he taught chemistry at a secondary school and was later its superintendent. His mother was a mathematician, but never had a formal job.

  2. Dutch computer scientist. Edsger Dijkstra, in full Edsger Wybe Dijkstra, (born May 11, 1930, Rotterdam, Netherlands—died August 6, 2002, Nuenen), Dutch computer scientist who developed the paradigm of structured programming for writing computer programs. Dijkstra received a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1959 while working at Amsterdam’s Mathematical Center (1952–62).

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    Like most of us, Dijkstra always believed it a scientist’s duty to maintain a lively correspondence with his scientific colleagues. To a greater extent than most of us, he put that conviction into practice. For over four decades, he mailed copies of his consecutively numbered technical notes, trip reports, insightful observations, and pungent comme...

    An interview with Dijkstra (Spanish translation here) was conducted in 1985 by Rogier F. van Vlissingen, who has also written a personal reflectionon “Dijkstra’s sense of what computer science and programming are and what they aren’t.” Another interview was conducted by Philip L. Frana in August 2001. A transcriptis available in the on-line collect...

    A series of annual lecturesin memory of Dijkstra commenced at The University of Texas in October 2010.

    Recent significant changes in the site are listed here; the most recent change was posted on 30 March 2021. The folks who contributed most significantly to the site’s creation are acknowledged here. Comments and suggestions about the site are always welcome; please email them to the EWD Archive.

  3. Aug 6, 2002 · Edsger W. Dijkstra was born in 1930 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His father, a high-school chemistry teacher, served as president of the Dutch Chemical Society. His mother, who never held a formal job, had a lasting influence on his approach to mathematics and his emphasis on elegance.

  4. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Edsger Dijkstra studied theoretical physics at Leiden University, but he quickly realized he was more interested in computer science. Originally employed by the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam, he held a professorship at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, worked as a research fellow for Burroughs Corporation in the early 1970s, and later held the Schlumberger Centennial Chair in Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin ...

  5. Jul 20, 2022 · Edsger W. Dijkstra. Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. Edsger Wybe Dijkstra ( May 11 1930 – August 6 2002) was a Dutch computer scientist and an early pioneer in many research areas of computing science. Widely considered as one of the most influential members of computing science 's founding generation, Dijkstra helped shape the new discipline from both an engineering and a theoretical perspective .

  6. Edsger W. Dijkstra. Born 1930, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Leading critic of programming without a mathematical proof of correctness and condemner of the infamous GOTO; recipient of the 1972 ACM Turing Award. Education: MS, mathematics and theoretical physics, University of Leiden, 1956; PhD, computing science, Municipal University of Amsterdam, 1959.