Guido van Rossum
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Also Known As: Guido
Born in: Netherlands
Famous as: Programmer
Spouse/Ex-: Kim Knapp (m. 2000)
siblings: Just van Rossum
children: Orlijn Michiel Knapp-van Rossum
education: University of Amsterdam (1982), Stedelijk Gymnasium Haarlem
awards: Free Software Award for Advancement of Free Software
Guido van Rossum is a noted Dutch computer programmer and author, better known for creating the ‘Python’ programming language that earned him the title of the "Benevolent Dictator for Life" (BDFL). He later stepped down as the “BDFL” of Python in July 2018. After obtaining his master's degree in mathematics and computer science from the ‘University of Amsterdam,’ Guido worked at several research institutes, such as the ‘Corporation for National Research Initiatives ‘(CNRI), the ‘US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),’ and the ‘Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica’ (CWI) in the Netherlands. While working in the Netherlands, he wrote and contributed a glob() routine to ‘BSD Unix’ and also aided in developing the ‘ABC’ programming language. He was involved in discussions on the ‘HTML’ standard and developed the free extensible multi-platform web browser ‘Grail,’ written in ‘Python.’ He worked with ‘Zope Corporation’ and ‘Elemental Security’ before joining ‘Google,’ where he spent half his time developing ‘Python.’ ‘Python’ eventually became a popular and influential programming language. He later joined ‘Dropbox.’ Guido won the ‘Award for the Advancement of Free Software’ among other honors and accolades.
- Guido van Rossum was born on January 31, 1956, in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He was the eldest child of his parents. He has a younger brother named Just van Rossum. He also has a younger sister. His father was an architect, and his mother trained as a schoolteacher but left her job after marriage. His parents belonged to the left-leaning ‘Pacifist’ and ‘Labor’ parties. The "van" in Guido’s name, according to Dutch naming conventions, is capitalized when the person is called by the surname only and not when one uses his full name. This fact also finds mention in Guido’s home page.He received an electronics kit, probably on his tenth birthday, and eventually became an electronics hobbyist while in high school. He was good at designing circuits rather than at soldering and gradually started designing more complicated digital circuits, which became his main hobby. He also had an interest in building mechanical models.He attended the ‘University of Amsterdam,’ from where he obtained a master's degree in mathematics and computer science in 1982.Continue Reading BelowRecommended Lists:
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- He married Kim Knapp in 2000. They have a son named Orlijn Michiel Knapp-van Rossum. Guido lives in Belmont, California, with his family. His brother, Just van Rossum, later became a type designer and programmer. The typeface used in the "Python Powered" logo was designed by Just.
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