Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
Grand Entrance May 11, 1930
Spectacular Exit August 6, 2002
Edsger Wybe Dijkstra made his grand entrance into this world On May 11, 1930 in Rotterdam, Netherland born unto Douwe Wybe Dijkstra (a chemist) and Brechtje Cornelia Kruyper (trained mathematician). While attending his last years of High School in Rotterdam Netherland Edsger Dijkstra knew what he wanted to do in life. He wanted to represent his country at the United Nations. Even though he was still in high school, he formulated a plan to achieve this goal of representing the Netherlands in the United Nations. He decided to get a law degree.
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Edsger registered for this particular course.
Since Edsger Dijkstra had never left him home in the Netherlands going to Cambridge University in England was a very frightening experience for him. He had to experience for the very first time in his life having to understand English speaking people. With feelings of being all alone Edsger started his studies on an entirely new course subject. Even though Edsger felt that he was alone, he enjoyed his experiences there at Cambridge.
In March of 1952, while Edsger was still registered as a theoretical physics student at the University of Leyden; he was offered a programmer position at the mathematical center in Amsterdam by (the director of the Computation Department) Aad Van Wijngaarden. Mr. Van Wijngaarden had actually taken the same three week computer programming course at Cambridge just one year earlier. Edsger humbly accepted the position; but, only on a part-time basis.
Edsger Dijkstra developed a dilemma. Only after discussing this difficult dilemma with Mr. Van wijngaarden about being more intellectually challenged by being a programmer than that of being a theoretical physicist; he chose to pursue a career as being a computer programmer even though science had very little to do with programming computers.
In 1956 Edsger Dijkstra graduated from the University of Leyden with a degree in Theoretical Physics. Also in 1956, Edsger designed the shortest distance program to be used in demonstrating the building a new computer completion held at the Mathematical center in Amsterdam.
In 1959, Edsger Dijkstra completing his thesis on communication with an automatic computer received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam. Speaking of Dijkstra accomplishments in 1959, he published two of his algorithms. The algorithms that were published are the shortest distance algorithm and the shortest spanning tree algorithm.
Edsger Dijkstra was joined in holy matrimony to Maria C. Debets in 1957. They were the proud parents of two sons and one daughter. Edsger and his lovely bride to be had a problem with the Justice of the Peace. When they came before the Justice of the Peace to sign their marriage...