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Guide to the Robert W. Floyd Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0625
    Creator: Floyd, Robert W.
    Title: Robert W. Floyd papers
    Dates: 1960-1995
    Physical Description: 26 Linear feet
    Summary: These papers include his Stanford course files, 1976-94; correspondence, 1968-95, including that with Donald Knuth, 1963-1987; research and subject files; reprints and manuscripts; computer printouts; and note cards. Some materials relate to his interest in backgammon.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of the estate of Robert W. Floyd, 2002.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    Robert W. Floyd Papers (SC0625). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Robert W. Floyd joined the Stanford faculty in 1968 as an associate professor of computer science. He was appointed full professor in 1970 and from 1973 to 1975 he was chair of the department. He retired from Stanford in 1994. A child prodigy, Floyd graduated from high school at age 14 and earned his first bachelor's degree at the age of 17 and his second in physics in 1958, both at the University of Chicago. A self-taught computer operator and programmer, he became a Senior Project Scientist at Computer Associates in Massachusetts in 1962. He taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology prior to his appointment at Stanford. His most important scientific achievement was pioneering systematic methods of program verification. His research included design and analysis of algorithms for finding the shortest paths in a network, parsing (decomposing) programming languages, calculating quantiles, printing shades of gray on a dot printer, sorting information and selecting random permutations and combinations. In 1978, Floyd won the Association for Computing Machinery Turing Award, the highest honor in computer science. In 1991, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society awarded Floyd its Computer Pioneer Award for his work on early compilers. Floyd was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He died in September 2001.

    Description of the Collection

    These papers include his Stanford course files, 1976-94; correspondence, 1968-95, including that with Donald Knuth, 1963-1987; research and subject files; reprints and manuscripts; computer printouts; and note cards. Some materials relate to his interest in backgammon.

    Access Terms

    Floyd, Robert W.
    Knuth, Donald Ervin, 1938-
    Stanford University--Curricula.
    Stanford University. Computer Science Dept.
    Backgammon.
    Computer programming.
    Formal languages.
    Machine theory.