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List of famous programmers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top programmers in the world? This includes the most prominent programmers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable programmers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic programmers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned programmers.

Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are included in this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known programmers to the lesser known programmers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the programmer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous programmers ever?" and "What are the names of famous programmers?" then you're in the right place. (990 items)

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

Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's ...more

Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Programmers
ulian Paul Assange is an Australian publisher and journalist. He is known as the editor-in-chief of the website WikiLeaks, which he co-founded in 2006 after an earlier career in programming. ...more

Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

James Gosling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Programmers
James Arthur Gosling, OC is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language.

Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Yukihiro Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Yukihiro Matsumoto (松本行弘, Matsumoto Yukihiro, a.k.a. Matz, born 14 April 1965) is a Japanese computer scientist and software programmer software programmer best known as the chief designer of ...more

John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Jeff Daly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Programmers

Ken Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Joel Spolsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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

Daniel Kottke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Daniel Kottke is an American computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple Inc.