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I have been searching the web for information regarding what people (and their backgrounds) are in the C++ commitee. However, to my surprise I have not found any such information.

Where can I find information about the C++ commitee members?


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Herb Sutter is the chair person. – Prasoon Saurav Mar 18 '11 at 14:02
Check this link c++ – Muhammad Zeeshan Mar 18 '11 at 14:05
And is the only person whom I know of, sutter's mill is a good site. – ronag Mar 18 '11 at 14:05
I guess that you mean the JTC1/SC22/WG21 - The C++ Standards Committee? Web site: – Mar 18 '11 at 14:07 In the post meeting mailings there are minutes of the meeting (one for ISO and one for ANSI it seems), attendees (and who they represent) are listed. – Richard Mar 18 '11 at 15:03

Just a few that occur to me right off:

  • Herb Sutter [Works for Microsoft on Visual Studio]
  • Bjarne Stroustrup [inventor of C++]
  • Andrew Koenig [inventor of Koenig lookup, large chunks of C, C++, Unix, etc.]
  • Dave Abrahams [principal of Boostpro Consulting, inventor of the terms for the three levels of exception safety normally used in discussing C++]
  • Howard Hinnant [Works for Apple, formerly worked on CodeWarrior, mostly the standard library]
  • Dietmar Kuehl [The one man who completely understands all of iostreams]
  • Francis Glassborrow [Principal UK Expert (PUKE), author of *You can do it!*, I believe one of the founders of the ACCU]
  • Pete Becker [I believe he's now an independent consultant; previously worked for Dinkumware and before that for Borland]
  • P.J. Plauger [principal of Dinkumware, formerly of various others going back at least as far as Whitesmiths -- and I believe was at Bell Labs before that]
  • Anthony Williams [Independent consultant, threading wizard]

I believe James Kanze was on the committee (or at least attended several meetings) at one time, but I'm not sure he is/does any more. He recently moved and got a new job, so I'm not sure exactly what he's doing now, but he's been an independent consultant for years.

+1 - there are 200+ people on the committee according to Bjarne Stroustroup: – birryree Mar 18 '11 at 15:30
Bjarne Stroustrup - for those on the forum who wont know he is, created C++. I only add this as a few months ago someone asked who Steve Jobs was. – Reallyethical Mar 18 '11 at 16:06
PJ Plauger replaced Herb Sutter. – alternative Apr 24 '11 at 23:53

Maybe it is worth to chime in as one of the guys who attended quite a few meetings: there is a complete list, obviously, but it isn't intended for public circulation although I guess this is mostly because it contains details some people prefer not to be publically available (e-mail addresses, phone numbers, addresses, etc.). If you become a member of one of the standards organizations you'll get access. All the information is on but the attendance list requires a password.

This raises the question: who can become a member? ... and the answer is: essentially anybody although there are differences between different countries. You'd look at your national standards organization (ANSI in the US; BSI in UK; DIN in Germany; etc.) and see what the rules are. In the US anybody willing to pay the fees can become a member and it is a flat fee. In German, only companies can become members and the fees due depend on the size of the company.

Then, who is a member and/or shows up at the meetings: not all members show up at the meetings and not everybody showing up at the meetings is a members (non-members won't have a vote but as long as people are constructive they have a voice). The majority of the members and people showing up are working on compilers (EDG, Intel, Microsoft, SUN, Apple, GCC), code checkers (Gimple Lint, Programming Research QR), or libraries (Rogue Wave, libstc++, Dinkumware, Boost). There are also quite a number of people who are essentially users of C++ in some shape or form (e.g. I'm considering myself a user although I have also implemented most of the original standard C++ library), e.g. from Google, Bloomberg, several universities, Siemens to name a few which immediately pop into my mind.

That's exactly why I love this website: real professionals can answer. Who's better than a commitee member to answer this question! – Florian Margaine Aug 21 '13 at 6:46
[Commenting here because I can't answer/comment on a closed question.] Since this answer was written C++ has a new public home at and that site has some info on the committee and an incomplete list of WG21 members – Jonathan Wakely Aug 29 '13 at 9:46
The link to the list has moved. (Just to save people some clicks.) – Max Truxa Jun 8 '15 at 19:37

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