Born in Milwaukee (WI), I attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School, where I won (for my grade 8 class mates) a color television and lots of candy bars...finding over 4,500 words that could be formed from the letters in Ziegler's Giant Bar.
Majoring in physics and introduced to computer programming at the Case Institute of Technology, I later got my Ph.D. in mathematics under Marshall Hall at Cal Tech.
After working on problems at the National Security Agency, I became a math professor at Stanford University, possibly because of political events (enough said).
In 1976, frustrated with the awkwardness of the available electronic publishing tools, I created TeX and METAFONT.
I am known for odd or humorous things, such as (1) paying a finderís fee of $2.56 for any typographical errors/mistakes in my books and (2) demonstrating a concept by intentionally referring "Circular definition" and "Definition, circular" to each other in the index of one of my books.
I am sometimes called the "father of algorithmic analysis" due to my multi-volume opus The Art of Computer Programming.
I humbly have received many awards: ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, Turing Award, National Medal of Science, Franklin Medal, John von Neumann Medal, Kyoto Prize, and recently the
Donald Ervin Knuth (1938 - ?)