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Lisa Awards: Lifetime Achievement

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Lisa Awards: Lifetime Achievement

Donald Knuth is a god. Someone recently told me that he was at an event where everyone in the room were well known heavy hitters, and when Donald came in the room they all quietened down.

The Art of Computer Programming is an amazing tomb, and thus he gets the award:

Donald Ervin Knuth is a renowned computer scientist and Professor Emeritus of the Art of Computer Programming[2] at Stanford University.

Author of the seminal multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming (”TAOCP”), Knuth has been called the “father” of the analysis of algorithms, contributing to the development of, and systematizing formal mathematical techniques for, the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms, and in the process popularizing asymptotic notation.

In addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of theoretical computer science, Knuth is also the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the Computer Modern family of typefaces.

A prolific writer and scholar, Knuth is also creator of the WEB/CWEB computer programming systems designed to encourage and facilitate literate programming, as well as designer of the MMIX instruction set architecture.

What about the other awards?

Got some ideas for awards you would give?

4 Responses to “Lisa Awards: Lifetime Achievement”

  1. Codepope Says:

    I know TAOCP is big enough that you could build a mausoleum with very few copies, but I think the word you are looking for is tome, rather than tomb. :)

  2. Karen in Wichita Says:

    Codepope: Beat me to the punch. I went “Tomb? Knuth is dead? How did I not hear about that?”

    And then I thought “‘tomb’ is a weird way of putting it, maybe he meant ‘legacy’ or something,” and then realized there was a simpler error.

  3. Ben Says:

    Yes, but is it a typo? Or has Dion brilliantly introduced a new metaphor for one’s crowning achievement in life?

  4. Jeremiah Says:

    Great achievement. As a programmer myself, I must say he must be a very excellent one.

    You might be interested in the Young Entrepreneur Society from the http://www.YoungEntrepreneurSociety.com. An interesting documentary about successful entrepreneurs.

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