Recognizing the Father of C++

This month the National Academy of Engineering will present Bjarn Stroustrup with the prestigious Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering “for conceptualizing and developing the C++ programming language”.  It is truly one of the most widely used and influential computing programming languages. 

The Danish computer scientist started his work on C++ at ATT&T’s Bell Labs in the 80’s where he headed up their Large Scale Programming Research Department.  Using C code as a base, he applied the idea of “classes” to represent relational concepts.  This “C with Classes” evolved into C++ and its advantage of being able to efficiently perform high level abstractions.

Listen to Stroustrup himself on why he created C++ here.   

National Academy of Engineering President C. D. Mote, Jr. called the creation of the C++ programming language “a monumental, singular influence on the field of computing.”  And it isn’t just the 4.5 million C++ programmers, including John Galt Staffing’s C++ developers  who have cause for celebration.

Whether you Google something, connect with Facebook friends, use a smart phone or get a CAT Scan, you are inevitably touched by Stroustrup’s innovation.  Because of C++’s seamless integration into our lives, it goes largely unnoticed.  Its invisibility rivals its ubiquity. 

So while his achievement is everywhere yet unseen, we are thrilled that the father of C++ will receive his due recognition.  As the NAE President put it, “His creation reminds our society of the extraordinary impact that an outstanding engineer can have on our world.”

2019-01-03T16:23:27+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments