Person 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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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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 ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor Entrepreneur

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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#303 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#76 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#216 on Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

#28 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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, ...more

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Age: 31

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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#319 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#322 on Annoying Celebrities Who Should Just Go Away Already

#34 on The Most Irreplaceable CEOs in the World

#1127 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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: 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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: 65

Birthplace: Area codes 408 and 669, California, Contiguous United States, United States of America United States, + more

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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#821 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#456 on Famous American Inventors List

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#79 on Famous People Named Steve & Steven

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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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#477 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#11 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

#1 on Famous Only Children

#1 on Famous People Named Ada

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Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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: 44

Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Profession: Spokesperson, Programmer, Editor, Journalist Television producer, + more

Credits: Mediastan, World Tomorrow, Collateral Murder

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#133 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#316 on The Biggest Douchebags in Hollywood

#67 on The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

#653 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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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#14 on The Most Influential Software Programmers of All Time

#46 on Famous People Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

#6 on Famous People Named Grace

#6 on Famous Daughters of the American Revolution Members

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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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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, ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, House of 1000 Corpses, Daredevil

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