5
Jul
2008

Gods of Computer Sciences pictures 2: Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

Contrary to the highly promiscuitive first member of our "Gods of Computer Sciences" series Alan Turing our god #2 Edsger Wybe Dijkstra seems to be more like the nice uncle of Computer Sciences. But let's see a picture of him first:


Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

Anyway, when I came across his picture for the first time the first thing that came to my mind was: man, this guy really reminds me of Petterson from Petterson and Findus…


Petterson and Findus

However, I don't know if Dijkstra had had a pet and if he had a pet which kind of pet he preferred (I've seen a very nice visualization of a student from Carnegie-Mellons about what kind of pets were preferred by several nobel prize winners. If I remember it right the most popular pet among nobel prize winners were cats closely followed by dogs. Anyway, the possibility that a nobel prize dog owner loathed cats and vice versa were quite high… There were as well other pets that were owned by those nobel prize winners (keyword goats) so I would love to think of Dijkstra as a guy that was surrounded by many lovely little semaphores floating round the house. However, Dijkstra did not win the nobel prize at all simply because there is no nobel prize for Computer Sciences. But he would have definitely deserved one.)
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