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October 19, 2005

Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive Sigma Xi's Procter Prize

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC -- Renowned Texas A&M University computer scientist Bjarne Stroustrup, inventor of C++ programming language, will receive the 2005 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement and give the annual Procter Prize Lecture at Sigma Xi's Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference in Seattle on November 3-6.

Sigma Xi's highest honor, the award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to scientific research and have demonstrated the ability to communicate their research to scientists in other disciplines.

Born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1950, Stroustrup received a degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Aarhus and a Ph.D. in computer science from Cambridge University, England.

He initially developed C++ in the early 1980s while at AT&T Bell Labs' Computer Science Research Center in Murray Hill, New Jersey. The programming language became a driving force for many technological and computing advances.

As a living language, C++ has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of the software development community. As a researcher and as a member of the ISO C++ Standard committee, Stroustrup guides that evolution and contributes new designs.

Much of today's computing, communications and commercial infrastructure relies on C++, including Google, Internet Explorer, Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and critical parts of telephone systems, to name only a few.

More than 3 million programmers currently use C++ to write software for everything from PCs to supercomputers and signal processors to auto-focus cameras.

In addition to five books, Stroustrup has published more than 100 papers and articles for academic journals and the popular press. His The C++ Programming Language is the most widely read book of its kind and has been translated into at least 18 languages.

A later book, The Design and Evolution of C++, broke new ground in the description of the way the programming language was shaped by ideas, ideals, problems and practical constraints.

BYTE magazine called Stroustrup one of the 20 most influential people in the computer industry in the past 20 years. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and his many other honors include the IEEE Computer Entrepreneur Award and being named an AT&T Bell Laboratories Fellow. The Association for Computing Machinery gave him its Grace Murray Hopper Award.

After a productive career in industry, he is now the College of Engineering Chair Professor of Computer Science at Texas A&M.

"I see teaching as another and different way of influencing the world for the better," Stroustrup says. "Academic research provides somewhat different tradeoffs from the industrial research that I practiced for many years—not better, just different. I am still keeping ties to AT&T Research and to industry in general. That's because much of the best research is rooted in problems found in industry."


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