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Famous Male Computer Scientists

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List of famous male computer scientists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male computer scientists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being computer scientists. There are thousand of males working as computer scientists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic computer scientists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a computer scientist then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples include Karl Lieberherr and Terry Winograd.

While this isn't a list of all male computer scientists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male computer scientists?" and "Who are the best male computer scientists?"


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  1. 21
    Dennis Ritchie
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    Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was an American computer scientist. He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system. Ritchie and Thompson received the Turing Award from the ACM in 1983, the Hamming Medal from the IEEE in 1990 and the National Medal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1941-2011)
    • Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist, Scientist
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    Brian Wilson Kernighan is a Canadian computer scientist who worked at Bell Labs alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and contributed to the development of Unix. He is also coauthor of the AWK and AMPL programming languages. The "K" of K&R C and the "K" in AWK both stand for ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist, Scientist
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    James Nicholas "Jim" Gray was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and technical leadership in system implementation."more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1944-2012)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Researcher, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Linguist, Computer scientist, Author
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    Guido van Rossum is a Dutch computer programmer who is best known as the author of the Python programming language. In the Python community, Van Rossum is known as a "Benevolent Dictator For Life", meaning that he continues to oversee the Python development process, making decisions where necessary. He ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Netherlands
    • Profession: Programmer, Systems Programmer, Computer scientist, Author
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    Marshall Kirk McKusick
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    Marshall Kirk McKusick is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 and again from 2002 to 2004, and still serves on the board. He is on the editorial board of ACM Queue Magazine.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist
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    Eric Paul Allman is an American computer programmer who developed sendmail and its precursor delivermail in the late 1970s and early 1980s at UC Berkeley. In 1998, Allman co-founded the company Sendmail, Inc.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: El Cerrito, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist
    • Credits: The Code
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    Leonard Kleinrock
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    Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer and computer scientist. A computer science professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions to the field of computer networking, in particular to the theoretical foundations of computer ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Inventor, Computer scientist
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    Bernard Marshall Gordon, American inventor and philanthropist, is generally called "Bernie" rather than "Mr. Gordon" by associates and subordinates. Born not long before the stock market crash of 1929 to an ordinary working family in Springfield, Massachusetts, Bernie worked part-time in a radio shop to ...more

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    • Age: age 88
    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Philippe Kahn
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    Philippe Kahn is a technology innovator and entrepreneur and founder of four technology companies: Fullpower Technologies, LightSurf Technologies, Starfish Software and Borland. Kahn is credited with creating the first camera phone, being a pioneer for wearable technology intellectual property, and is ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Technologist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Computer scientist
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    Bruce Bastian
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    Bruce Wayne Bastian is an American computer programmer, businessman, philanthropist and social activist. He co-founded the WordPerfect Software Company with Alan Ashton in 1978.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Twin Falls, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    Claude Shannon
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    Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is famous for having founded information theory with a landmark paper that he published in 1948. However, he is also credited with founding both digital ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1916-2001)
    • Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Kenneth Y. Goldberg is an American artist, writer, inventor, and researcher in the field of robotics and automation. He is the craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with joint appointments in Electrical Engineering and Computer ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Profession: Professor, Screenwriter, Inventor, Computer scientist, Artist
    • Credits: Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and Technology, Brain Power: From Neurons To Networks
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    Robert Metcalfe
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    Robert Melancton "Bob" Metcalfe is an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's Law. As of January 2006, he is a general partner of Polaris Venture Partners. Starting in January 2011, he holds the position of Professor of Electrical ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Stephen Wolfram
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    Stephen Wolfram is a British computer scientist, entrepreneur and former physicist known for his contributions to theoretical physics; his pioneering work on knowledge-based programming; as the CEO of Wolfram Research and chief designer of Mathematica and the Wolfram Alpha answer engine; and as the ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Computer scientist, Scientist
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    David Lee Chaum is the inventor of many cryptographic protocols, as well as ecash and DigiCash. His 1981 paper, "Untraceable Electronic Mail, Return Addresses, and Digital Pseudonyms", laid the groundwork for the field of anonymous communications research.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Cryptographer
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    Michael Stonebraker
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    Dr. Stonebraker has been a pioneer of database research and technology for more than a quarter of a century. He was the main architect of the INGRES relational DBMS, and the object-relational DBMS, POSTGRES. These prototypes were developed at the University of California at Berkeley where Dr.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    Julian Lombardi is an American inventor, author, educator, and computer scientist known for his work with socio-computational systems, scalable virtual world technologies, and in the design and deployment of deeply collaborative virtual learning environments.more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Computer scientist
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    Ian F. Sommerville, is a British academic. He is the author of a popular student textbook on software engineering, as well as a number of other books and papers. He worked as Professor of Software engineering at the University of St Andrews in Scotland until 2014 and is a prominent researcher in the ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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    Daniel M. Lewin
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    Daniel "Danny" Mark Lewin was an American-Israeli mathematician and entrepreneur who co-founded internet company Akamai Technologies. He died in the September 11 attacks. A passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, it is believed that Lewin was likely stabbed by one of the hijackers of that flight, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1970-2001)
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Computer scientist
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