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Born: February 15, 1934 (age 85)

Nationality: Swiss

Occupation: Scientist

Bio: Niklaus Emil Wirth is a Swiss computer scientist, best known for designing several programming languages, including Pascal, and for pioneering several classic topics in software engineering. In 1984 he won the Turing Award for developing a sequence of innovative computer languages.

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