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Alan Perlis

Nationality  United States
Role  Computer scientist
Name  Alan Perlis

Doctoral advisor  Philip Franklin
Fields  Computer Science
Awards  Turing Award
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Born  April 1, 1922 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (1922-04-01)
Institutions  Association for Computing Machinery Carnegie Mellon University Yale University Purdue University
Alma mater  Carnegie Mellon (B.S., Chemistry, 1943) MIT (M.S., Mathematics, 1949; Ph.D., Mathematics, 1950)
Thesis  On Integral Equations, Their Solution by Iteration and Analytic Continuation (1950)
Died  February 7, 1990, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Books  Introduction to computer science
Education  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1950)
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Alan Jay Perlis (April 1, 1922 – February 7, 1990) was an American computer scientist and professor at Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University. He is best known for his pioneering work in programming languages and was the first recipient of the Turing Award.

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Perlis was born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1943, he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, where he became interested in mathematics. He then earned both a master's degree (1949) and a Ph.D. (1950) in mathematics at MIT. His doctoral dissertation was titled "On Integral Equations, Their Solution by Iteration and Analytic Continuation".

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In 1952, he participated in Project Whirlwind. He joined the faculty at Purdue University and then moved to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1956. He was chair of mathematics and then the first head of the Computer Science Department. He was elected president of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1962.

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He was awarded the Turing Award in 1966, according to the citation, for his influence in the area of advanced programming techniques and compiler construction. This is a reference to the work he had done as a member of the team that developed the ALGOL programming language.

In 1971, Perlis moved to Yale University to become the chair of Computer Science and hold the Eugene Higgins chair. Perlis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977.

In 1982, he wrote an article, Epigrams on Programming, for ACM's SIGPLAN journal, describing in one-sentence distillations many of the things he had learned about programming over his career. The epigrams have been widely quoted. He remained at Yale until his death in 1990.


Publications, a selection:

  • 1965. An introductory course in computer programming. With Robert T. Braden.
  • 1970. A view of programming languages. With Bernard A. Galler
  • 1975. Introduction to computer science
  • 1981. Software Metrics: An Analysis and Evaluation. With Frederick Sayward and Mary Shaw
  • About Alan Perlis
  • Denning, Peter J. (May 1990). "Alan J. Perlis—1922–1990: a founding father of computer science as a separate discipline". Communications of the ACM. 33 (5). doi:10.1145/78607.214943. 
  • Cheatham, Thomas (1978). "ALGOL session". History of Programming Languages (PDF). New York, NY: ACM Press. p. 171. doi:10.1145/800025.1198357. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  • References

    Alan Perlis Wikipedia

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