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Famous Computer Scientists from the United States

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List of notable or famous computer scientists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top computer scientists born in the United States and even some popular computer scientists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American computer scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These computer scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known computer scientist from the United States is included when available.

List people range from Larry Page to Sergey Brin.

This historic computer scientists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American computer scientists of note?" and "Who are the most famous computer scientists from the United States?" These prominent computer scientists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American computer scientists.

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    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Marissa Ann Mayer (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!, a...  more
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    Larry Page

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceEast Lansing, Michigan

    BirthplaceEast Lansing, Michigan

    Lawrence Edward Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.Page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc....  more

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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin is...  more

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    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950) is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. In 1976 he co-founded Apple Inc., which...  more

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    Grace Hopper

    Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I...  more

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    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    Gordon Earle Moore (born January 3, 1929) is an American businessman, engineer, and the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Intel Corporation. He is also the author of Moore's law. As of April 2019,...  more
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    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Charles Simonyi (; Hungarian: Simonyi Károly, pronounced [ˈʃimoɲi ˈkaːroj]; born September 10, 1948) is a Hungarian-born American software architect. He started and led Microsoft's applications...  more
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    Donald Knuth

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the 1974 recipient of the ACM Turing...  more
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    Bill Joy

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954) is an American computer engineer. He co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla, and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as chief...  more
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    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, New York

    Lynn Ann Conway (born January 2, 1938) is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist.Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including...  more
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    BirthplaceCanada, Alberta, Division No. 6, Alberta, Rocky View No. 44

    BirthplaceCanada, Alberta, Division No. 6, Alberta, Rocky View No. 44

    James Arthur Gosling, OC (born May 19, 1955) is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the founder and lead designer behind the Java programming language....  more
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    BirthplacePlainview, Texas

    BirthplacePlainview, Texas

    James Henry Clark (born March 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape...  more
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    BirthplaceNew York

    BirthplaceNew York

    Anthony James Barr (born September 24, 1940), aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr, is an American programming language designer, software engineer and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the...  more
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    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Kenneth Lane Thompson (born February 4, 1943) is an American pioneer of computer science. Thompson worked at Bell Labs for most of his career where he designed and implemented the original Unix...  more
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    John McCarthy

    Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    John McCarthy (September 4, 1927 – October 24, 2011) was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. He...  more
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    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    William Daniel "Danny" Hillis (born September 25, 1956) is an American inventor, entrepreneur, and scientist, who pioneered parallel computers and their use in artificial intelligence. He founded...  more
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    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

    Daniel Kottke () was a college friend of Steve Jobs and one of the first employees of Apple Inc....  more
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    John Backus

    Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Warner Backus (December 3, 1924 – March 17, 2007) was an American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented and implemented FORTRAN, the first widely used high-level programming...  more
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    Dennis Ritchie

    Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)

    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

    Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (September 9, 1941 – c. October 12, 2011) was an American computer scientist. He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix...  more
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    Jim Gray

    Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    James Nicholas Gray (born 1944; disappeared 2007) was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research...  more

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    Larry Wall

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Larry Wall (born September 27, 1954) is an American computer programmer and author. He created the Perl programming language. ...  more
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    Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD UNIX, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX...  more
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    BirthplaceEl Cerrito, California, United States of America

    BirthplaceEl Cerrito, California, United States of America

    Eric Paul Allman (born September 2, 1955) is an American computer programmer who developed sendmail and its precursor delivermail in the late 1970s and early 1980s at UC Berkeley. In 1998, Allman...  more
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    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    BirthplaceHarlem, New York City, New York

    Leonard Kleinrock (born June 13, 1934) is an American computer scientist. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions to the...  more
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    BirthplaceMassachusetts

    BirthplaceMassachusetts

    Bernard Marshall Gordon (born 1927 in Springfield, Massachusetts) is an American engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is considered "the father of high-speed analog-to-digital...  more