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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.

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 63 William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the ...more

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 34 Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made ...more

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 66 Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, investor, software engineer, humanitarian, and philanthropist. Alongside Bill Gates, Allen co-founded ...more

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Programmers 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 Programmers 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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Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 54 Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to ...more

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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Programmers 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 Programmers 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 Programmers 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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Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 47 Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape ...more

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Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
Cem Kaner J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, and the Director of Florida Tech's Center for Software Testing Education & Research since ...more

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Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 51 Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with ...more

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James Gosling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Programmers 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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Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
Dec. at 38 (1962-2000) Phillip Walter Katz was a computer programmer best known as the co-creator of the Zip file format for data compression, and the author of PKZIP, a program for creating zip files that ran under ...more

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John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 48 John D. Carmack is an American game programmer and the co-founder of Id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the Id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and ...more

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Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 36 Appelbaum is a Staff Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on computer security and privacy with a ...more

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Jeff Daly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
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Ken Thompson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Programmers 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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Joel Spolsky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 54 Avram Joel Spolsky is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development, and the creator of the product management software Trello. He was a ...more

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Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 57 Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a video game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known as his alter egos Lord British in Ultima and General British in Tabula Rasa. A well-known figure in the ...more

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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Programmers from the United States
age 70 Todd Harry Rundgren is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and record producer. Hailed in the early stage of his career as a new pop star, supported by the certified gold solo double ...more

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Daniel Kottke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Programmers 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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Larry Wall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Programmers 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) 24 on the list Famous Programmers 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) 25 on the list Famous Programmers 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