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Bertrand Meyer

Bertrand Meyer, professor of software engineering at ETH Zurich, and CEO and chief architect of California-based Eiffel Software.

Credit: David Monniaux

French-born computer scientist Bertrand Meyer—best known as an early advocate of object-oriented programming techniques and creator of the programming language and environment Eiffel—has enjoyed a varied career in industry and academia. Currently a professor of software engineering at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he also has worked at Électricité de France (EDF) and at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he continues to serve as CEO and chief architect at the California-based company he founded in 1985, Eiffel Software.

After receiving degrees from Stanford and the University of Nancy, you spent nearly 10 years in industry at Électricité de France (EDF). When did you begin working on Eiffel, the object-oriented language and environment that you continue to refine and develop?


 

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