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Edsger W. Dijkstra - The Story

The Man Who Carried Computer Science on His Shoulders

An excellent biographic article about E.W.Dijkstra, one of the founding fathers of computer science and laureate of ACM Turing Award. Long, detailed, but highly entertaining piece, recommended for the lunch break!

“The Man Who Carried Computer Science on His Shoulders”, by Krzysztof Apt

“It is not the task of the University to offer what society asks for, but to give what society needs. The things society asks for are generally understood, and you don’t need a University for that; the university has to offer what no one else can provide”,
Edsger W. Dijkstra, “Answers to Questions from Students of Software Engineering”, EWD1305, November 2000