In the 1980s and 1990s, Bjarne Stroustrup designed implemented, and popularised the C++ programming language, which introduced object-oriented programming to the mainstream, and influenced numerous other programming languages, including Java, C# and Fortran 99.
Bjarne Stroustrup and his family now live in Texas. He was, for many years, a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs, (where he still retains a link) is now the ‘College of Engineering Chair in Computer Science Professor’ at Texas A&M University, near Houston. He was born in Aarhus in Jutland, Denmark in 1950. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Aarhus before moving to Churchill College, Cambridge University to obtain his PhD in 1979, studying under David Wheeler and Roger Needham. He remains a member of the college.
Without Bjarne Stroustrup, object-oriented programming would have taken much longer to gain mainstream acceptance. Bjarne wrote and popularised 'C with classes', later C++, which changed the way that mainstream computer languages worked. It is still the language of choice for system programmers.
C++ inventer, Bjarne Stroustrup, discusses the relationship of programming languages and competition and the benefit of participating in events such as the ACM-ICPC.