Jürg Gutknecht

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Jürg Gutknecht
Born(1949-01-03)3 January 1949
Bülach, Switzerland
EducationPh.D., ETH Zurich, 1978
Known forLilith
Oberon (programming language)
Oberon (operating system)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
ETH Zurich
Thesis (1978)
InfluencesNiklaus Wirth

Jürg Gutknecht (born 3 January 1949 in Bülach) is a Swiss computer scientist. He developed, with Niklaus Wirth, the programming language Oberon and the corresponding operating system Oberon.


Jürg Gutknecht was full professor in the computer science department at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH Zurich) until April 2014.

From 1967 to 1970, he was a member of the real-time computing system programming group at Swissair. Then he studied mathematics at the ETH and worked in parallel at International Business Machines (IBM) as a student employee. In 1978, he received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in mathematics. He joined Niklaus Wirth's research team in 1981, working on the Lilith computer and Modula-2. After a sabbatical at PARC in 1984–1985, he developed, conjointly with Wirth, the Oberon operating system based on the Oberon language.[1] With Peter Schweri, he developed the system Sakkara for the purpose of writing partiturs of typical constructive Peter-Schweri-art compositions for presentation on computer and internet. In 2013, Gutknecht released another Oberon-style programming language, named Zonnon.


  1. ^ Wirth, Niklaus; Gutknecht, Jürg (1 November 1992). Project Oberon: The Design of an Operating System and Compiler. Addison-Wesley, ACM Press. ISBN 978-0201544282. Out of print. PDF (4'398 KB) Archived 10 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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Edited: 2021-06-18 18:48:01
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