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Biographies: International Pioneer Dies Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129638D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
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Department of Computer Science Cornell University Upson Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 U.S.A.

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Biographies: International Pioneer Dies

David Gries

Department of Computer Science Cornell University Upson Hall Ithaca, NY 14853 U.S.A.

Soviet academician Andri Petrovich Ershov died on 8 December 1988. Ershov was with the Siberian Division of the USSR Academy of Sciences since 1959. An early pioneer in theoretical and systems programming and a founder of the Siberian School of Computer Science, Ershov helped establish computing as a new branch of science and a new social phenomenon.

His seminal ideas became a basis for research in automation, software engineering, parallel programming, and artificial intelligence in the Soviet Union. His experiments in teaching computing evolved into the notion of computer literacy and led to the establishment of courses in computing in Soviet schools. Ershov's research on program schematology and theory of compilation inspired many students and successors. He investigated a broad spectrum of systems-programming problems, for example hash addressing, with applications to common subexpression elimination, program schemata over distributed memory, and global memory optimization. His book, A Programming Programme for the BESM Computer, was one of the world's first monographs on automatic programming.

Projects initiated and directed by him include the ALPHA prog...