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Guide to the Donald E. Knuth Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Arrangement note
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0097
    Creator: Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
    Title: Donald E. Knuth papers
    Dates: 1962-2010
    Physical Description: 34.75 Linear feet
    Summary: Papers reflect his work in the study and teaching of computer programming, computer systems for publishing, and mathematics. Included are correspondence, notes, manuscripts, computer printouts, logbooks, proofs, and galleys pertaining to the computer systems TeX, METAFONT, and Computer Modern; and to his books THE ART OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTERS & TYPESETTING, CONCRETE MATHEMATICS, THE STANFORD GRAPHBASE, DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY, SELECTED PAPERS ON ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS, MMIXWARE : A RISC COMPUTER FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, and THINGS A COMPUTER SCIENTIST RARELY TALKS ABOUT.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of Donald Knuth, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1989, 1996, 1998, and 2001.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Literary rights reside with Donald Knuth.

    Cite As

    Donald E. Knuth Papers (SC0097). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Donald Ervin Knuth has been called the "father" of the analysis of algorithms. He contributed to the development of the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms and systematized formal mathematical techniques for it. In the process he also popularized the asymptotic notation.
    In addition to fundamental contributions in several branches of theoretical computer science, Knuth is the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system, the related METAFONT font definition language and rendering system, and the Computer Modern family of typefaces.
    As a writer and scholar, Knuth created the WEB/CWEB computer programming systems designed to encourage and facilitate literate programming, and designed the MIX/MMIX instruction set architectures.
    Professor of computer science at Stanford University from 1968-1992, Knuth was born in January 10, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology in 1960 and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1963. That same year he began to work on The Art of Computer Programming. He had initially accepted a commission to write a book on compilers which would later become the multi-volume The Art of Computer Programming. Originally planned to be a single book, and then planned as a six- and then seven-volume series. In 1968, he published the first volume.
    After producing the third volume of his series in 1976, he expressed such frustration with the nascent state of the then newly developed electronic publishing tools (especially those that provided input to phototypesetters) that he took time out to work on typesetting and created the TeX and METAFONT tools. At the TUG 2010 Conference, Knuth announced an XML-based successor to TeX, titled "iTeX", which would support features such as arbitrarily scaled irrational units, 3D printing, animation, and stereographic sound.
    Knuth has won numerous awards for his work, including:
    First ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, 1971 Turing Award, 1974 National Medal of Science, 1979 Franklin Medal, 1988 John von Neumann Medal, 1995 Harvey Prize from the Technion, 1995 Kyoto Prize, 1996 Katayanagi Prize, 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, 2010 Stanford University School of Engineering Hero Award, 2011
    He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975. In 1992, he became an associate of the French Academy of Sciences. Also that year, he retired from regular research and teaching at Stanford University in order to finish The Art of Computer Programming. In 2003, he was elected as a foreign member of the Royal Society. Knuth was elected as a Fellow (first class of Fellows) of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2009 for his outstanding contributions to mathematics. He is also a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
    On June 24, 1961 he married Nancy June Carter (b. July 15, 1939). They have two children: John Martin (b. July 21, 1965) and Jennifer Sierra (b. December 12, 1966).

    Description of the Collection

    Papers reflect his work in the study and teaching of computer programming, computer systems for publishing, and mathematics. Included are correspondence, notes, manuscripts, computer printouts, logbooks, proofs, and galleys pertaining to the computer systems TeX, METAFONT, and Computer Modern; and to his books THE ART OF COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, COMPUTERS & TYPESETTING, CONCRETE MATHEMATICS, THE STANFORD GRAPHBASE, DIGITAL TYPOGRAPHY, SELECTED PAPERS ON ANALYSIS OF ALGORITHMS, MMIXWARE : A RISC COMPUTER FOR THE THIRD MILLENNIUM, and THINGS A COMPUTER SCIENTIST RARELY TALKS ABOUT.

    Arrangement note

    The materials are arranged in three series and subsequent accessions: Series 1. The Art of Computer Programming; Series 2. Computers and Typesetting; Series 3. Concrete Mathematics.

    Access Terms

    Howe, Marion, ed.
    Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
    Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
    Stanford University. Computer Science Dept.--Faculty.
    College teachers.
    Computer programs.
    Computer science.
    Computer scientists.
    Computerized typesetting.
    METAFONT (Computer system).
    TeX (Computer system).