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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
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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950) is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. In 1976 he co-founded Apple ...more

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Julian Assange is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the ...more
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Donald Knuth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Donald Knuth
Donald Ervin Knuth ( kə-NOOTH; born January 10, 1938) is an American computer scientist, mathematician, and professor emeritus at Stanford University. He is the 1974 recipient of the ACM Turing ...more
Bill Joy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Programmers
William Nelson Joy (born November 8, 1954) is an American computer engineer. He co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Scott McNealy, Vinod Khosla, and Andy Bechtolsheim, and served as ...more
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is the co-author of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; ...more
Cem Kaner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Pierre Omidyar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎, Persian pronunciation: [piːjeɾ moɾɑːd omiːdjɑːɾ] born June 21, 1967) is an American billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the ...more
James Gosling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Programmers
James Arthur Gosling, OC (born May 19, 1955) is a Canadian computer scientist, best known as the founder and lead designer behind the Java programming language.
Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Yukihiro Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Programmers
John D. Carmack II (born August 20, 1970) is an American computer programmer, video game developer and engineer. He co-founded id Software and was the lead programmer of its video games ...more
Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Jacob Appelbaum (born 1 April 1983) is an American doctoral candidate in cryptography, independent journalist, computer security researcher, artist, and hacker. He studies at the Eindhoven ...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 Lane Thompson (born February 4, 1943) is an American pioneer of computer science. Thompson worked at Bell Labs for most of his career where he designed and implemented the original Unix ...more
Joel Spolsky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Todd Rundgren is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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Daniel Kottke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Programmers
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