Brian Kernighan

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Brian W. Kernighan (pronounced Ker'-ni-han; the 'g' is silent; born 1942) is a computer scientist who worked at the Bell Labs and contributed to the design of the pioneering AWK and AMPL programming languages.

Kernighan's name became widely known through co-authorship of the first book on the C programming language with Dennis Ritchie. Kernighan has said that he had no part in the design of the C language: "It's entirely Dennis Ritchie's work". He authored many Unix programs, including ditroff.

The "K" of K&R C and the "K" in the name AWK derive from "Kernighan."

He was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University, where since 2000 he has held a professorship in the department of computer science.


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