Born on January 3, 1949 in Bülach, Jürg Gutknecht started his professional career in Computing after graduating from the Kantonsschule Winterthur in 1968 with Maturity type B, when he joined the real-time systems programming group at Swissair. From 1970 and while being employed by IBM as a working student, Gutknecht studied Mathematics at the ETH Zurich, from where he graduated in 1977 with a PhD. After an employment as a professor of Mathematics at the Kantonsschule Heerbrugg in the Swiss Rheintal, Gutknecht joined Niklaus Wirth’s Lilith/ Modula research team in 1981 and, in 1985, after a sabbatical stay at the Xerox-PARC Research Laboratory in California, he was appointed Assistant Professor and later Full Professor of Computer Science at ETH. Together with Wirth, Gutknecht developed the Oberon programming language and the Ceres personal workstation, with a technical focus on safety-critical applications. In general, Prof. Gutknecht´s research interests are in the area of programming languages, compilers, concurrency and component-oriented systems design. At the end of his time at ETH, he was involved in projects based on application-aware chip architectures. Prof. Gutknecht was the head of the Native Systems research group at the ETH Computer Science department, Studies Delegate at the same departement from 1991 until 1994 and Head of the department from 2006 until 2010. After his retirement from ETH,  Jürg Gutknecht was President of the Swiss Informatics Society SI from 2014 to 2018.

    Swiss Informatics Society SI
    TO: Jürg Gutknecht, Past President of the SI, Board Member

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