Edsger W. Dijkstra, Dutch computing scientist.
If you don't know him, read his books and articles. Also read
for an autobiography including his contributions to the development of compilers, and his run-in with Harry D. Huskey, inventor of the SWAC.
EWD Archive is at
As a skilled writer and a master of language Dijkstra is the source of many memorable sayings, some of which are now consecrated as integral parts of the computer science lingo. The quotes which inspired or otherwise interested wikizens are on a separate page
Links and Papers
University of Texas Austin Faculty Page
Online versions (PDF) of collected manuscripts
"On the T.H.E. Operating System", which not only described the classic operating system design, but in a brief appendix describes semaphores. (see
One of my favorites is his
Guidance on how to say his name moved to
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August 28, 2012
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