Yukihiro Matsumoto

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Yukihiro Matsumoto

Yukihiro Matsumoto at the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest in Tokyo, 14 March 2007
Born April 14, 1965 (1965-04-14) (age 43)
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Computer scientist, programmer, author
Known for Ruby
Religious beliefs Mormon
Children 4

Yukihiro Matsumoto (まつもとゆきひろ Matsumoto Yukihiro?, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby programming language and its reference implementation, Matz's Ruby Interpreter (MRI).

Matsumoto's real name is the kanji 松本行弘, but it is normally written in hiragana, as まつもとゆきひろ.

Born in Osaka Prefecture, he was raised in Tottori Prefecture from the age of four. According to an interview conducted by Japan Inc., he was a self-taught programmer until the end of high school[1]. He graduated with an information science degree from Tsukuba University, where he associated himself with research departments dealing with programming languages and compilers.

As of 2009, Matsumoto is the head of the research and development department at the Network Applied Communication Laboratory, an open source systems integrator company in Shimane Prefecture. He is the fellow of Rakuten Institute of Technology, R&D organization in Rakuten Inc. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a missionary for the church. Matsumoto is married and has four children.


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