William Wulf

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William A. Wulf (born December 8, 1939) is a computer scientist notable for his work in programming languages and compilers.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended the University of Illinois, receiving a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, then achieved a Ph.D.. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.

While at Carnegie Mellon University, he designed the BLISS programming language and developed a groundbreaking optimizing compiler for it.

As of 2004, he is a professor at UVa. He also chairs the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He serves on the Council of the ACM. He is a reviewing editor of Science.

Wulf's research has also included computer architecture, computer security, and hardware-software codesign.

William Wulf is married to Anita Jones, also a computer scientist, and they live in Charlottesville.

Publications

  • Wulf, W. A., "Programming Without the GOTO," Proceedings of the Internationale Federation of Information Processing, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, August 197l.
  • Wulf, W. A., et al., "Reflections on a Systems Programming Language," Proceedings of the SIGPLAN Symposium on System Implementation Languages, Purdue University, October 197l.
  • McCredie, J., Wulf, W. A., "The Selection of a Computing Alternative," Proceedings of the IEEE Computer Conference, IEEE, Boston, September 197l.
  • Wulf, W. A., "A Case Against the GOTO," Proceedings of the ACM National Conference, ACM, Boston, August 1972.
  • Wulf, W. A., and Shaw, M., "Global Variables Considered Harmful," SIGPLAN Notices 8(2), February 1973.
  • Wulf, W. A., Shaw, M., Hilfinger, P. M., and Flon, L., Fundamental Structures of Computer Science Addison-Wesley, 1980.
  • Wulf, W. A., Johnson, R., Weinstock, C., Hobbs, S., and Geschke, C., The Design of an Optimizing Compiler American Elsevier Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1975.
  • Shaw, M. and Wulf, W., "Tyrannical Languages Still Preempt System Design", Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Languages, April 1992.

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