Edsger W Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra was born in Rotterdam and was a professor in Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. After working as a research fellow in Burroughs Corporation in the ‘70s, he was holding the Schlumberger Centennial Chair in the University of Texas, which was established by the Board of Regents, till he retired in 2000. Dijkstra had a considerable number of contributions towards computer science. One of his first major contribution was the Shortest-Path Algorithm, which finds the shortest path between two places and another contribution is the Minimum Spanning Tree algorithm. He introduced the concept of stack in recursive programs. Dijkstra was one of the first ones to emphasized the importance of structured programming, he wrote the ‘notes on structured programming’, which is still in circulation, made a big impact on computer science.

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