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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
Bill Gates 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 Zuckerberg 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 Allen Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be ...more

Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Steve Wozniak 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
Ada Lovelace 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
Julian Assange Julian 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 hacking and ...more

Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Grace Hopper 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 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 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 Knuth 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
Bill Joy 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 Andreessen 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 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 Omidyar 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 Gosling 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
Phil Katz 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 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 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
Jacob Appelbaum 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
Ken Thompson 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
Joel Spolsky 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 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 Rundgren 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 Daniel Kottke is an American computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple Inc.

Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Linus Torvalds Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. ...more

Brian Kernighan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Brian Kernighan 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 ...more

Larry Wall is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Larry Wall Larry Wall is a computer programmer and author, most widely known as the creator of the Perl programming language.

Guido van Rossum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Guido van Rossum Guido van Rossum is a Dutch computer programmer who is best known as the author of the Python programming language. In the Python community, Van Rossum is known as a "Benevolent Dictator ...more

Marshall Kirk McKusick is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Marshall Kirk McKusick 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

Eric Allman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Eric Allman 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

Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Peter Molyneux Peter Douglas Molyneux, OBE is a English video game designer and programmer. He created the god games Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White as well as Theme Park, the Fable series and ...more

Ric Weiland is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Ric Weiland Richard W. "Ric" Weiland was a computer software pioneer and philanthropist. He was one of the first five employees of Microsoft Corporation.

Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Tim Schafer Timothy John Schafer is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer ...more

Virgil Griffith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Virgil Griffith Virgil Griffith, also known as Romanpoet, is an American software application writer, known for his creation of WikiScanner and the lawsuits filed against him by Blackboard Inc. in 2003. He has ...more

James Clark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Programmers
James Clark James Clark, is the author of groff and expat and has done much work with open-source software and XML. Born in London, and educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford, Clark has lived ...more

Andrew Fluegelman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Andrew Fluegelman Andrew Cardozo Fluegelman was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the shareware business model for software marketing. He was also ...more

Scott A. Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Scott A. Jones Scott A. Jones is an American inventor. Scott graduated with honors from Indiana University in 1984, receiving a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Philip Gale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Philip Gale Philip Gale was an American pioneering Internet software developer, computer prodigy, and sophomore student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was notable for having written Total ...more

P.W. Bill Bailey III is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Programmers

Ahn Cheol-soo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Ahn Cheol-soo Ahn Cheol-soo, also known as Charles Ahn, is a South Korean businessman, politician, and former physician and professor. He founded AhnLab, Inc., an antivirus software company, in 1995. Until ...more

Earl Levine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Earl Levine Earl Levine developed streaming media and audio watermarking technologies during the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. He worked at VXtreme until its acquisition by Microsoft. Following that he ...more

O. Arthur Stiennon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Programmers
O. Arthur Stiennon Dr. O. Arthur Stiennon, Jr. was a clinical radiologist, inventor, radiation treatment pioneer, software and real estate developer in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of ...more

Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Sid Meier Sidney K. "Sid" Meier is a Canadian-American programmer, designer and producer of several popular strategy video games and simulation video games, most notably Civilization. Meier ...more

Mark Robbins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Programmers

Richard Stallman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Richard Stallman Richard Matthew Stallman, often known by his initials, rms, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users ...more

Michael Widenius is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Michael Widenius Ulf Michael Widenius is the main author of the original version of the open source MySQL database, a founding member of the MySQL AB company and is currently CTO of the MariaDB Foundation.

Ron Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Ron Gilbert Ron Gilbert is an American video-game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey ...more

Rasmus Lerdorf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Rasmus Lerdorf Rasmus Lerdorf is a Greenlandic programmer with Canadian citizenship. He created the PHP scripting language, authoring the first two versions of the language and participated in the development ...more

Sean Egan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Programmers
Sean Egan Sean Egan is a software engineer at Google, where he worked on Google Talk and is currently working on Google Maps. He is the former project leader of Pidgin, a popular instant messaging client. ...more