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Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn, (July 9, 1918 – February 17, 2012 [1])
was a Dutch mathematician, covering many areas of mathematics. Eponym of the De Bruijn sequences [2] - as used for instance in computer chess programming to scan bits of set-wise representations such as Bitboards [3].

According to De Bruijn himself [4], the existence of De Bruijn sequences for each order were first proved, for the case of alphabets with two elements, by Camille Flye Sainte-Marie in 1894, whereas the generalization to larger alphabets is originally due to Tanja van Ardenne-Ehrenfest [5] and himself.
Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn [6]

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  1. ^ Process Algebra Diary: Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn (1918-2012)
  2. ^ De Bruijn sequence from Wikipedia
  3. ^ Charles E. Leiserson, Harald Prokop and Keith H. Randall (1998). Using de Bruijn Sequences to Index a 1 in a Computer Word. pdf
  4. ^ Nicolaas de Bruijn (1975). Acknowledgement of priority to C. Flye Sainte-Marie on the counting of circular arrangements of 2n zeros and ones that show each n-letter word exactly once. Technical Report, Technische Hogeschool Eindhoven, pdf
  5. ^ Nicolaas de Bruijn (1985). In Memoriam T. van Ardenne-Ehrenfest. pdf
  6. ^ Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn - biography © July 2008 by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland

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