Short Course Lecture, Nov 12, 2008, 02:30PM - 03:30PM, Wachman 447

Short Course Lecture, Nov 12, 2008, 02:30PM - 03:30PM, Wachman 447


The Origins and Evolution of the C Programming Language and Other Languages


Brian Kernighan, Princeton University

This talk will be an informal discussion of the grand history of programming languages, including aspects of the development of the C Programming Language as well as many other languages.

Brian Kernighan received his BASc from the University of Toronto in 1964 and a PhD in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1969. He was in the Computing Science Research center at Bell Labs until 2000, and is now in the Computer Science Department at Princeton.

He is the author of 8 books and some technical papers, and holds 4 patents. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. His research areas include programming languages, tools and interfaces that make computers easier to use, often for non-specialist users. He is also interested in technology education for non-technical audiences.

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