Inventor of Pascal Programming Language and Wirth's Law Dies

 Niklaus Emil Wirth, the computer scientist who created seven programming languages and popularized Wirth's Law, reportedly died on January 1 at the age of 89. Throughout his career, Wirth was involved in the development of Euler, PL360, ALGOL, Modula, Modula-2, Oberon, Oberon-2, Oberon-07 and Pascal programming languages.

In addition to leaving a big impact on the world of programming languages, he also introduced Wirth's Law which says that software will slow down faster than hardware that gets faster. He realized that software is getting heavier because various features that may not be necessary are added so that they cannot be used on existing hardware.

For his contributions to the world of computing, Wirth received the Turing Award in 1984. The cause of his death was unknown at the time this article was written.

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