Peter Naur

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Peter Naur
Born (1928-10-25)25 October 1928
Frederiksberg, Denmark
Died 3 January 2016(2016-01-03) (aged 87)
Herlev, Denmark
Nationality Danish
Fields Computer science
Institutions Regnecentralen
Niels Bohr Institute
Technical University of Denmark
University of Copenhagen
Known for ALGOL,
Backus–Naur Form
Notable awards Computer Pioneer Award (1986)
Turing award (2005)

Peter Naur (25 October 1928 – 3 January 2016)[1] was a Danish computer science pioneer and Turing award winner. He helped the creation of the ALGOL 60 programming language.

He began his career as an astronomer for which he received his PhD degree in 1957. From 1969 to 1998 Naur was a professor of computer science at University of Copenhagen. Naur won the 2005 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his work on defining the ALGOL 60 programming language.[2]

Naur died on 3 January 2016 after a short illness in Herlev, aged 87.[3]

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