List of Famous Computer Scientists People

List of Famous Computer Scientists

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List of famous computer scientists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top computer scientists in the world? This includes the most prominent computer scientists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable computer scientists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic computer scientists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned computer scientists.

Examples include Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

From reputable, prominent, and well known computer scientists to the lesser known computer scientists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the computer scientist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous computer scientists ever?" and "What are the names of famous computer scientists?" then you're in the right place. (1149 items)

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    Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1912-1954)
    • Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Logician, Computer scientist, Philosopher
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    Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for Google. In 2014 Mayer was ranked sixth on the list of America's 40 under 40 as well as the 16th most powerful ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin. The son of ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Internet Entrepreneur
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    Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Executive Management, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Internet Entrepreneur
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    Steve Wozniak
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    Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak, known as "Woz", is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Wozniak single-handedly designed both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. These computers contributed ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Computer scientist, + more
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    Ada Lovelace
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    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is ...more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1815-1852)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer
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    Grace Hopper
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    Grace Murray Hopper was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. She was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer in 1944, and invented the first compiler for a computer programming language, and the one of those who popularized the idea of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1906-1992)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Scientist
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    Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman and co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's law. As of January 2015, his net worth is $6.7 billion.more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Chemist, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist
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    Story Musgrave
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    Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 he became only the second astronaut to achieve the record of six spaceflights.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Biophysicist, Public speaker, Physiologist, Astronaut, Computer scientist, + more
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    Tim Berners-Lee
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    Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS, also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Professor, Researcher, Inventor, Computer scientist, Scientist
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    Charles Simonyi
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    Charles Simonyi, son of Károly Simonyi, is a Hungarian-American computer software executive who, as head of Microsoft's application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsoft's flagship Office suite of applications. He now heads his own company, Intentional Software, with the aim of developing ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, + more
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    Donald Ervin Knuth is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the author of the multi-volume work The Art of Computer Programming. Knuth has been called the "father of the analysis of algorithms". He contributed to the development of the ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Mathematician, Computer scientist, Writer
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    Konrad Zuse was a German civil engineer, inventor and computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world's first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3 became operational in May 1941. Thanks to this machine and its predecessors, Zuse has often been regarded as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1910-1995)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Civil engineer, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Bill Joy
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    William Nelson "Bill" Joy is an American computer scientist. Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Andreas von Bechtolsheim, and served as chief scientist at the company until 2003. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Venture capitalist, Computer scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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    Lynn Conway is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway revolution in VLSI design, which incubated an emerging electronic design automation industry. She worked at IBM ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    James Arthur Gosling, OC is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Canada, Alberta, Division No. 6, Alberta, Rocky View No. 44, + more
    • Profession: Programmer, Inventor, Computer scientist
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    Yukihiro Matsumoto
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    Yukihiro Matsumoto (松本行弘, Matsumoto Yukihiro, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer software programmer best known as the chief designer of the Ruby programming language. He was born in Osaka Prefecture, in westernHonshū. According to an interview ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Osaka, Japan
    • Profession: Programmer, Researcher, Computer scientist, Author
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    James H. Clark
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    James Henry Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications Corporation, myCFO and Healtheon. His research work in computer graphics led to the development of systems for ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Plainview, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Computer scientist
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    Anthony James Barr
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    Anthony James Barr, aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr is an American programming language designer, software engineer, and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the Statistical Analysis System, automated lumber yield optimization, and the Automated Classification of Medical Entities.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer, Computer scientist, + more
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    George Boole
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    George Boole was an English mathematician, philosopher and logician. He worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic, and is now best known as the author of The Laws of Thought. Boole said, ... no general method for the solution of questions in the theory of probabilities can be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1815-1864)
    • Birthplace: Lincoln, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Philosopher
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