Ric Holt

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Richard C. "Ric" Holt (/hlt/) is a Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science of the University of Waterloo.[1]

Holt was one of the original developers of the Turing, Grok,[2] Euclid, SP/k, and S/SL programming languages. He also did early research on deadlock theory and operating systems. For many years, he ran a software company, Holt Software Associates (HSA), which created the Ready to Program environment still widely used in Canadian High Schools to teach programming[3].

After a distinguished career at the University of Toronto, Holt took up a position at the University of Waterloo, where he occupies the Nortel Networks Chair for Telecommunications Software Engineering.

He has served as the President of Gravel Watch Ontario since 2003.

In the fall of 2005, he was named #16 on Computing Canada's list of top 30 IT movers and shakers in the country for the last 30 years.


  1. ^ "Our People: Ric Holt". Cheriton School of Computer Science. University of Waterloo. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  2. ^ "Introduction to Grok". GrokDoc. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada: University of Waterloo. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "CS-CAN Lifetime Achievement Awards 2017". CS-CAN. Retrieved 2018-10-15.

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