Stroustrup honored at the University of Aarhus

Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup at a ceremony held at the University of Aarhus May 28, professor and College of Engineering Endowed Chair in Computer Science Dr. Bjarne Stroustrup of Texas A&M University was presented with the Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Science Prize, Aarhus University's oldest and most prestigious award.Stroustrup was honored for his contributions to science for developing and implementing the C++ programming language.The Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Science Prize is awarded annually to internationally renowned scientists who began their careers at the University of Aarhus.Stroustrup received his master's degree in mathematics with computer science from the University of Aarhus in 1975. After obtaining a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England, he moved to the United States to work for AT&T Bell Labs' Computer Science Research Center, where he started work on what would later become C++. The initial reason for developing the program was to design a efficient and elegant way to code for distributing operating system facilities across a network. The first version of C++ was used internally in AT&T in August 1983.C++ simplified the interaction between man and machine and helped object-oriented programming become the leading method of software programming and development. It is one of the most widely used programming languages; you can find C++ in everyday applications such as internet browsers and cell phones as well as scientific applications, such as NASA's Mars Rovers and the human genome project. His book, The C++ Programming Language, is the most widely read book about the subject and has been translated into more than 19 languages.Since 2002 he has held the position of College of Engineering Chair Professor in Computer Science at Texas A&M. In Spring 2010 he earned promotion to the academic rank of Distinguished Professor, which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2010.Carl Holst-Knudsen was a driving force behind the establishment of the University of Aarhus and was for a number of years the chairman of the society for the establishment of a university in the Jutland-peninsula. The prize was founded in 1956 on the occasion of Carl Holst-Knudsens 70th birthday. The University of Aarhus ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.During a technical presentation in the computer science department the day before the award ceremony the dean of the Faculty of Science, Erik Meiniche Schmidt, announced that Stroustrup was also made an honorary professor in the university's computer science department.