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Peter Naur (born October 25, 1928) is a Danish pioneer in computer
science and Turing award winner. His last name is the N in the BNF
notation (Backus-Naur form), used in the description of the syntax
for most programming languages. He contributed to the creation of
the ALGOL 60 programming language.He began his career as an
astronomer for which he received his PhD degree in 1957, but his
encounter with computers led to a change of profession. From 1959
to 1969 he was employed at Regnecentralen, the Danish computing
institute, while at the same time giving lectures at the Niels Bohr
Institute and the Technical University of Denmark. From 1969 to
1998 Peter was a professor of computer science at University of
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