List of Famous Programmers People

List of Famous Programmers

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List of famous programmers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top programmers in the world? This includes the most prominent programmers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable programmers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic programmers 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 programmers.

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are included in this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known programmers to the lesser known programmers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the programmer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous programmers ever?" and "What are the names of famous programmers?" then you're in the right place. (990 items)


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    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    Mark Zuckerberg
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    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc. in April 2013. and his personal wealth, as of March 2015, is ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. Allen is the founder and ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Inspirations, The Blues, Me & Isaac Newton, Black Sky: The Race for Space
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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
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
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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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    Julian Assange
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    Julian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in-chief of the website WikiLeaks, which he co-founded in 2006 after an earlier career in hacking and programming. WikiLeaks achieved particular prominence in 2010 when it published U.S. military and diplomatic ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Townsville, Australia
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Programmer, Editor, Journalist, Television producer, + more
    • Credits: Mediastan, World Tomorrow, Collateral Murder
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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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    Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to fame in the early 1990s. As a solo artist, he has released five studio albums, three compilation albums, two ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: CSI: Miami, Halloween, The Devil's Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween II, + more
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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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    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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    Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape Communications Corporation; and as cofounder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Investor, Entrepreneur, Venture capitalist
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    Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research since 2004. He is perhaps best known outside academia as an advocate of software usability and software testing. Prior to ...more

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    • Profession: Programmer, Software Tester, Writer, Lawyer
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    Pierre Omidyar
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    Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay's 1998 Initial Public Offering. Omidyar and his wife Pamela are well-known philanthropists who founded ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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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: Calgary, Canada
    • Profession: Programmer, Inventor, Computer scientist
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    Phillip Walter Katz was a computer programmer best known as the co-creator of the Zip file format for data compression, and the author of PKZIP, a program for creating zip files that ran under DOS. A copyright lawsuit between System Enhancement Associates and Katz's company, PKWARE, Inc., was widely ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1962-2000)
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer
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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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    John D. Carmack
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    John D. Carmack is an American game programmer and the co-founder of Id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the Id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics, such as his famous Carmack's Reverse ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Roeland Park, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer
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    Jacob Appelbaum
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    Appelbaum is a Staff Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on computer security and privacy with a specific focus in anonymity, censorship resistance, and network filtering.more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Profession: Programmer, Researcher, Hacker
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Sayre, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Tester
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