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Famous Programmers from the United States

Updated October 13, 2018 3.1k views319 items

List of notable or famous programmers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top programmers born in the United States and even some popular programmers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American 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 the United States is included when available.

List is made up of people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

This historic programmers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American programmers of note?" and "Who are the most famous programmers from the United States?" These prominent programmers 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 programmers.

Use this list of renowned American programmers to discover some new programmers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • Bill Gates1

    Bill Gates

    Age: 64

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor,...  more

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  • Mark Zuckerberg2

    BirthplaceWhite Plains, New York

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and...  more

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  • Paul Allen3

    Paul Allen

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate,...  more

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  • Steve Wozniak4

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950) is an American inventor, electronics...  more

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  • Grace Hopper5

    Grace Hopper

    Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American...  more

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  • Rob Zombie6

    Rob Zombie

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceHaverhill, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Massachusetts

    Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician and...  more
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  • Charles Simonyi7

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Charles Simonyi (; Hungarian: Simonyi Károly, pronounced [ˈʃimoɲi ˈkaːroj]; born September 10,...  more
  • Donald Knuth8

    Donald Knuth

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist,...  more
  • Bill Joy9

    Bill Joy

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954) is an American computer engineer. He co-founded Sun...  more
  • Marc Andreessen10

    BirthplaceCedar Falls, Iowa

    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • 11
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  • Pierre Omidyar12

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, Persian pronunciation: [piːjeɾ moɾɑːd...  more
  • James Gosling13

    BirthplaceCalgary, Canada

    James Arthur Gosling, OC (born May 19, 1955) is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as...  more
  • Phil Katz14

    Phil Katz

    Dec. at 38 (1962-2000)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    Phillip Walter Katz (November 3, 1962 – April 14, 2000) was a computer programmer best known...  more
  • John D. Carmack15

    BirthplaceRoeland Park, Kansas

    John D. Carmack II (born August 20, 1970) is an American computer programmer, video game...  more
  • Jacob Appelbaum16
    Jacob Appelbaum (born 1 April 1983) is an American doctoral candidate in cryptography,...  more
  • 17

    Jeff Daly

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceSayre, Pennsylvania

  • Ken Thompson18

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Kenneth Lane Thompson (born February 4, 1943) is an American pioneer of computer science....  more
  • Joel Spolsky19

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico

    Avram Joel Spolsky (born 1965) is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on...  more
  • Richard Garriott20

    BirthplaceEngland, Cambridge

    Richard Allen Garriott de Cayeux (né Garriott; July 4, 1961) is an English-American video-game...  more
  • Todd Rundgren21

    BirthplaceDelaware County, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Contiguous United States, United States of America

    Todd Harry Rundgren (born June 22, 1948) is an American multi-instrumentalist, singer,...  more

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  • Daniel Kottke22

    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

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  • Larry Wall23

    Larry Wall

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Larry Wall (born September 27, 1954) is an American computer programmer and author. He created...  more
  • Marshall Kirk McKusick24
    Marshall Kirk McKusick (born January 19, 1954) is a computer scientist, known for his...  more
  • Eric Allman25

    BirthplaceEl Cerrito, California, United States of America

    Eric Paul Allman (born September 2, 1955) is an American computer programmer who developed...  more