CWI Fellow co-edits book about Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

In July 2022, the book 'Edsger Wybe Dijkstra: His Life, Work, and Legacy', edited by CWI Fellow Krzysztof Apt and Tony Hoare, was published. From '52-'62, Turing Award winner Dijkstra worked at CWI (then MC), where he designed a.o. the shortest path algorithm used in all navigation systems.

Publication date: 28-07-2022

In July 2022, ACM Books published an extensive book titled 'Edsger Wybe Dijkstra: His Life, Work, and Legacy', edited by CWI Fellow Krzysztof Apt and Tony Hoare. ACM Turing Award winner Dijkstra (1930-2002) was one of the most influential computer scientists in the history of computer science. From 1952 to 1962, he worked at the Mathematisch Centrum, now called CWI, where he designed, among others, the shortest path algorithm used in all navigation systems and wrote, together with Jaap Zonneveld, the first ALGOL 60 compiler.

In this new book 31 computer scientists, including five recipients of the ACM Turing Award, present and discuss Dijkstra’s numerous contributions to computer science and assess their impact. Several authors knew Dijkstra as a friend, teacher, lecturer, or colleague. Their biographical essays and tributes provide a fascinating multi-author picture of Dijkstra, from the early days of his career up to the end of his life. The book on Edsger Dijkstra is available online and is available in print from Morgan & Claypool.

Co-editor Krzysztof Apt says: "I am happy we can pay tribute to our former colleague and renowned computer scientist Edsger Dijkstra with this book. It was a pleasure to work with all authors, in particular with my co-editor Sir Tony Hoare, 1980 ACM Turing Award winner and long time friend and colleague of Dijkstra".


Dijkstra Fellowships
In recognition of Edsger Dijkstra’s exceptional contributions to science, CWI bestows every 5 years the Dijkstra Fellowships on scientists who have accomplished groundbreaking research in mathematics and computer science, starting from 2019.

 

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