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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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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 43
Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for ...more
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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 45
Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share ...more
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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 45
Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave ...more
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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 68
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) 5 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)
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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Gordon Moore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 90
Gordon Earle Moore is an American businessman and co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation and the author of Moore's law. As of January 2015, his net worth is $6.7 billion.
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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 70
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 ...more
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Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 81
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. ...more
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Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 64
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 ...more
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Lynn Conway is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 81
Lynn Conway is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway is notable for a number of pioneering achievements, including the Mead & Conway ...more
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James Gosling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 63
James Arthur Gosling, OC is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language.
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James H. Clark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 74
James Henry Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications ...more
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Anthony James Barr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 79
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, ...more
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Ken Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 76
Kenneth "Ken" Thompson, commonly referred to as ken in hacker circles, is an American pioneer of computer science. Having worked at Bell Labs for most of his career, Thompson designed ...more
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John McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1927-2011)
John McCarthy was an American computer scientist and cognitive scientist. McCarthy was one of the founders of the discipline of artificial intelligence. He coined the term "artificial ...more
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Danny Hillis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 62
William Daniel "Danny" Hillis is an American inventor, engineer, mathematician, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the ...more
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Daniel Kottke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 64
Daniel Kottke is an American computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple Inc.
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John Backus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1924-2007)
John Warner Backus was an American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented the first widely used high-level programming language and was the inventor of the Backus-Naur form, a ...more
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Dennis Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1941-2011)
Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie was an American computer scientist. He created the C programming language and, with long-time colleague Ken Thompson, the Unix operating system. Ritchie and Thompson ...more
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Jim Gray is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)
James Nicholas "Jim" Gray was an American computer scientist who received the Turing Award in 1998 "for seminal contributions to database and transaction processing research and ...more
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Larry Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 64
Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language.
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Marshall Kirk McKusick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 65
Marshall Kirk McKusick is a computer scientist, known for his extensive work on BSD, from the 1980s to FreeBSD in the present day. He was president of the USENIX Association from 1990 to 1992 ...more
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Eric Allman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 63
Eric Paul Allman 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 co-founded the company ...more
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Leonard Kleinrock is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 84
Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer and computer scientist. A computer science professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important ...more
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Bernard Marshall Gordon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Computer Scientists from the United States
age 92
Bernard Marshall Gordon, American inventor and philanthropist, is generally called "Bernie" rather than "Mr. Gordon" by associates and subordinates. Born not long before the ...more