Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
* May 11, 1930, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
† August 6, 2002, Nuenen, Nuenen
ACM A.M. Turing Award - 1972
For fundamental contributions to programming as a high, intellectual challenge; for eloquent insistence and practical demonstration that programs should be composed correctly, not just debugged into correctness; for illuminating perception of problems at the foundations of program design.