Bjarne Stroustrup

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Danish computer scientist, creator of C++

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Stroustrup is currently visiting professor at Columbia University. Stroustrup received his master’s degree in computer science from Aarhus University in Denmark, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in England. Stroustrup is also a managing director at Morgan Stanley in New York.

Stroustrup achieved fame in computer science for his early work developing the C++ programming language. C++ has been widely adopted as an object-oriented language suitable for diverse programming tasks, from financial software to video games engines. With the publication of Stroustrup’s widely adopted textbook, The C++ Programming Language in 1985, Stroustrup’s name became synonymous with serious work on object-oriented programming languages and designs. Stroustrup began developing C++ as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, and later acted as head of Bell Labs’ Large Scale Programming Research Department. His academic career is also impressive, serving as chair of the computer science department at Texas A&M University from 2002 to 2014. He continues to have a major influence on the art and science of computer programming as a professor at Columbia.

Stroustrup is an ACM Fellow and an IEEE Fellow (both awarded in 1994). He also contributes to the study and appreciation of computer science in his role as fellow of the Computer History Museum.

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According to Wikipedia, Bjarne Stroustrup is a Danish computer scientist, most notable for the invention and development of the C++ programming language. As of July 2022, Stroustrup is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University,.

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