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

Ryan North and Markus Frind are included on this list.

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

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Brad Templeton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Programmers from Canada
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Brad Templeton is a software architect, civil rights advocate, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Waterloo. Templeton is considered one of the early luminaries of Usenet, and in 1989 founded ClariNet Communications Corporation, which used Usenet protocols to distribute news ...more

Age: 56

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Software Architect, Software Engineer, Entrepreneur

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Brian Kernighan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Programmers from Canada
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Brian Wilson Kernighan is a Canadian computer scientist who worked at Bell Labs alongside Unix creators Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie and contributed to the development of Unix. He is also coauthor of the AWK and AMPL programming languages. The "K" of K&R C and the "K" in AWK both stand for ...more

Age: 75

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist, Scientist

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Colin Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Programmers from Canada
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Colin Simpson

Colin Simpson is a Canadian entrepreneur, software developer, and the author of six textbooks, including the bestseller Principles of Electronics. With over 300,000 of his textbooks in print, Dr. Simpson is considered as an expert in the teaching of electronics and electronics simulation technology. ...more

Profession: Programmer, Writer

David Megginson is a Canadian computer software consultant and developer, specializing in open source software development and application. He was the lead developer and original maintainer of the Simple API for XML, or SAX, a leading streaming API for XML. Megginson has been part of the SGML and ...more

Age: 53

Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist

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