Donald Knuth

United States

Donald Knuth Bio

Who is Donald Knuth

Donald Ervin Knuth is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming. He is known as the "father of the analysis of algorithms".

Early Life (Childhood)

Donald Knuth was born to parents Ervin Henry Knuth and Louise Marie Bohning. He attended Case Institute of Technology. In 1960 he received his bachelor of science degree. In 1963, he earned a PhD in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

Interesting Facts

Knuth used to pay a finder's fee of $2.56 for any typographical errors or mistakes discovered in his books, because "256 pennies is one hexadecimal dollar", and $0.32 for "valuable suggestions".

Personal Life

Knuth married Nancy Jill Carter on 24 June 1961 while he was a graduate student. Their two children John Martin Knuth and Jennifer Sierra Knuth were born in 1965 and 1966 respectively.


In 1971, Knuth was the recipient of the first ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award. He has received various other awards including the Turing Award, the National Medal of Science, the John von Neumann Medal, and the Kyoto Prize.