E75 - Brian Kernighan

March 6, 2023

Brian Kernighan - Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University

From ⁠Brian’s Wikipedia page⁠:

Brian Wilson Kernighan is a Canadian ⁠computer scientist⁠, he worked at ⁠Bell Labs⁠ and contributed to the development of ⁠Unix⁠ alongside Unix creators ⁠Ken Thompson⁠ and ⁠Dennis Ritchie⁠. Kernighan’s name became widely known through co-authorship of the first book on the ⁠C programming language⁠ (⁠The C Programming Language⁠) with Dennis Ritchie. Kernighan affirmed that he had no part in the design of the C language (“it’s entirely Dennis Ritchie’s work”).[8] He authored many Unix programs, including ⁠ditroff⁠. Kernighan is coauthor of the ⁠AWK⁠ and ⁠AMPL⁠ programming languages. The “K” of K&R C and of AWK both stand for “Kernighan”. In collaboration with ⁠Shen Lin⁠ he devised well-known ⁠heuristics⁠ for two ⁠NP-complete⁠ optimization problems: ⁠graph partitioning⁠ and the ⁠travelling salesman problem⁠. In a display of authorial equity, the former is usually called the ⁠Kernighan–Lin algorithm⁠, while the latter is known as the ⁠Lin–Kernighan heuristic⁠. Kernighan has been a Professor of Computer Science at ⁠Princeton University⁠ since 2000 and is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Computer Science. In 2015, he co-authored the book The Go Programming Language.

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Livros - AWK⁠ - The C Programming Language⁠ - The Go Programming Language⁠ - The Mythical Man-Month⁠ - How to lie with statistics⁠ - The Elements of Style⁠

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