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|Birth:||1st April, 1922|
|Death:||7th February, 1990|
Alan Jay Perlis was an American computer scientist known for his pioneering work in programming languages and the first recipient of the Turing Award. Perlis was born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1943, he received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, where he became interested in mathematics. He then earned both a master's degree 1949 and a Ph.D. 1950 in mathematics at MIT. His doctoral dissertation was titled On Integral Equations, Their Solution by Iteration and Analytic Continuation. In 1971, Perlis moved to Yale University to become the chair of Computer Science and hold the Eugene Higgins chair. Perlis was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977. In 1982, he wrote an article, Epigrams on Programming, for ACM's SIGPLAN journal, describing in one-sentence distillations many of the things he had learned about programming over his career. The epigrams have been widely quoted. He remained at Yale until his death in 1990.
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