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These are the people I think had the biggest hand in shaping the development of what we know of as computers today.

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Charles Babbage is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Charles Babbage Died at 80 (1791-1871) Father of Computing. See the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine. Way ahead of everyone else. Charles Babbage, FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. ...more

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Claude Shannon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Claude Shannon Died at 85 (1916-2001) Wrote a paper in '37 that showed that electrical application of Boolean algebra could be used for computation (digital calculation). It's been called the most important master's thesis of all time. Also established the field of Information Theory in the 1948. According to Neil Sloane, Shannon's information theory is the foundation of the digital revolution, and every device containing a microprocessor is a descendant of Shannon's 1937 and 1948 publications: "Without him, none of the things we know today would exist. The whole digital revolution started with him." Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is famous for having founded ...more

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Alan Turing Died at 42 (1912-1954) Father of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. 'Nuff said. Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more

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John von Neumann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
John von Neumann Died at 54 (1903-1957) Wrote a paper on the idea that programs should be stored in memory along with the data. Previous to this, programs were "hardwired" into the architecture of the computer. This became known as the von Neumann architecture and is the basis for virtually all modern computers. John von Neumann was a Hungarian and later American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, polymath, and polyglot. He made major contributions to a number of fields, including ...more

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William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
William Shockley Died at 79 (1910-1989) Co-Inventor of the transistor and Nobel Prize winner. Created Shockley Semiconductor. Eight employees left to form Fairchild Semiconductor which spawned Intel, AMD, National Semiconductor, etc... Within 20 years, his company and employees formed the nucleus of what became Silicon Valley. As such, he's considered the founder of Silicon Valley. William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the ...more

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Douglas Engelbart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Douglas Engelbart Died at 88 (1925-2013) The Mother of All Demos in 1968. Don't know what it was? A live demonstration that featured the introduction of the computer mouse, video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, bootstrapping, and a collaborative real-time editor. All fairly commonplace today, but in 1968 it was mind-blowing stuff. And he was the visionary who put it all together. Douglas Carl Engelbart was an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on the challenges of human–computer interaction, ...more

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Robert Noyce is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Robert Noyce Died at 63 (1927-1990) Co-Inventor of the integrated circuit and Nobel Prize winner. Among the employees who left Shockley Semiconductor, co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel. Oversaw the development of the microprocessor. Robert Norton Noyce, nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley," co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968. He is also credited with the realization of the ...more

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Steve Wozniak age 66 The Woz invented the Apple I and Apple II personal computers. By doing so, he was vastly important to ushering in the PC revolution. 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 ...more

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Grace Murray Hopper Died at 86 (1906-1992) Rear Admiral "Amazing Grace" Hopper was among the first programmers, created the first compiler, and popularized the term "debugging". She envisioned machine-independent programming languages, and led the creation of the first widespread programming language - COBOL. She was also instrumental in the development of the Harvard Mark I, II, and III computers, as well as the UNIVAC. 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 ...more

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Vint Cerf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 10 Most Influential People in the History of Computers
Vint Cerf age 73 Father of the Internet, among many, many other things. Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for ...more