Andrey Ershov

Computer Scientist, Inventor

1931 – 1988


Who was Andrey Ershov?

Academician Andrey Petrovych Ershov was a Soviet computer scientist, notable as a pioneer in systems programming and programming language research.

Donald Knuth considers him to be the inventor of the idea of hashing. He also created one of the first algorithms for compiling arithmetic expressions.

He was responsible for the languages ALPHA and Rapira, AIST-0 the first Soviet time-sharing system, electronic publishing system RUBIN, and MRAMOR, a multiprocessing workstation. He also was the iniitiator of developing the Computer Bank of the Russian Language, the Soviet project for creating a large representative Russian corpus, a project in the 1980s comparable to the Bank of English and British National Corpus. The Russian National Corpus created by the Russian Academy of Sciences in the 2000s is a successor of Ershov's project.

From 1959 he worked at the Siberian Division of the USSR Academy of Sciences, and helped found both the Novosibirsk Computer Center and the Siberian School of Computer Science.

He received the Academician A. N. Krylov Prize from the Academy of Sciences, the first programmer to be so recognized.

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Apr 19, 1931
Also known as
  • A. P Ershov
  • Moscow State University
Dec 8, 1988

on July 23, 2013


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