Bjarne Stroustrup

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Bjarne Stroustrup : biography

30 December 1950 –

Bjarne Stroustrup


Stroustrup has a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science (1975) from Aarhus University, Denmark, and a Ph.D. in computer science (1979) from the University of Cambridge, England, where he was a student at Churchill College. His thesis advisor in Cambridge was David Wheeler.


Stroustrup has authored or co-authored a number of publicationsStroustrup in Google Scholar including the following books.

  • Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup – Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (29 December 2008); ISBN 0-321-54372-6
  • The C++ Programming Language by Bjarne Stroustrup – Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 4th edition (23 May 2013); ISBN 0-321-563840
  • The Design and Evolution of C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup – Addison-Wesley Pub Co; 1st edition (29 March 1994); ISBN 0-201-54330-3
  • The Annotated C++ Reference Manual by Margaret A. Ellis & Bjarne Stroustrup – Addison-Wesley Pub Co; (1 January 1990); ISBN 0-201-51459-1


Stroustrup began developing C++ in 1978 (then called "C with Classes"), and, in his own words, "invented C++, wrote its early definitions, and produced its first implementation… chose and formulated the design criteria for C++, designed all its major facilities, and was responsible for the processing of extension proposals in the C++ standards committee."The C++ Programming Language, B. Stroustrup, p.10 Stroustrup also wrote what many consider to be the standard textbook for the language, The C++ Programming Language.

Stroustrup was the head of AT&T Lab’s Large-scale Programming Research department, from its creation until late 2002. Stroustrup was elected member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2004. He is a Fellow of the ACM (1994) and an IEEE Fellow. He currently works at Texas A&M University, United States, as a Distinguished Professor where he holds the College of Engineering Endowed Chair in Computer Science.