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List of Famous Software Engineers

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

List features people like Anthony James Barr, Eric Schmidt, and many more

From reputable, prominent, and well known software engineers to the lesser known software engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the software engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous software engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous software engineers?" then you're in the right place. (270 items)

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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 on Wikipedia
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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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    Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since coming to Google, Eric has focused on building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google's rapid ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Software Engineer, Electrical engineer, Engineer
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer, Computer scientist + 1 more
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    Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. He later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project's coordinator. He also ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Scientist
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    Sean Egan is a software engineer at Google, where he worked on Google Talk and is currently working on Google Maps. He is the former project leader of Pidgin, a popular instant messaging client. He is also the author of the book Open Source Messaging Application Development: Building and Extending Gaim. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and as being the second highest-earning contestant in American game show history. In 2004, Jennings won 74 Jeopardy! games ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Edmonds, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Writer
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    James Howard Goodnight is a businessman and software programmer. He co-founded SAS Institute as a faculty member of North Carolina State University in 1976. Since then he has been the CEO for more than three decades. His leadership style and the work environment he created at SAS, now a multi-billion ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, Designer
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    Thomas L. Sterling is an author. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 94
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Professor, Researcher, Author
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    Barry W. Boehm is an American software engineer, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering; the TRW Professor of Software Engineering; and Founding Director of the Center for Systems and Software Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is known for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Engineer
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    Hans Thomas Reiser is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer. He is the creator and primary developer of the ReiserFS computer file system, which is contained within the Linux kernel, as well as its attempted successor, Reiser4. In 2004, he founded Namesys, a corporation ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer
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    Anders Hejlsberg is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was the original author of Turbo Pascal and the chief architect of Delphi. He currently works for Microsoft as the lead architect of C# and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer, Scientist
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    Joshua J. Bloch is a software engineer and a technology author, formerly employed at Sun Microsystems and Google. He led the design and implementation of numerous Java platform features, including the Java Collections Framework, the java.math package, and the assert mechanism. He is the author of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Engineer
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    Christopher Ahlberg is a Swedish-born entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Recorded Future. Ahlberg is also an independent director of Hult International Business School, sits on the board of Swedish software corporation Apptus AB, and holds a board seat at the hedge fund ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Sweden
    • Profession: Software Engineer
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    Larry LeRoy Constantine is an American software engineer, professor in the Center for Exact Sciences and Engineering at the University of Madeira Portugal, and considered one of the pioneers of computing. He has contributed numerous concepts and techniques forming the foundations of modern practice in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Engineer
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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Software Engineer
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    Donald G. Firesmith

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    Donald G. Firesmith is an American software engineer, consultant, and trainer at the Software Engineering Institute. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Profession: Software Engineer
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    Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who created Adobe Photoshop. He initiated the development of image processing routines in 1988. After Tom created the first core routines, he showed them to his brother, John Knoll, who worked at Industrial Light and Magic. John liked what he saw, suggested ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 55
    • Profession: Software Architect, Software Engineer
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    Sebastian Thrun is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany. He is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, an institution he cofounded with David Stavens and Mike Sokolsky. He was a Google VP and Fellow, and a part-time Research Professor of Computer Science at Stanford ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Solingen, Germany
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Professor, Computer scientist
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Software Engineer, Food critic
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    Phil Booth

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Croydon, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Software Engineer
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