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List of famous software architects, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top software architects in the world? This includes the most prominent software architects, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable software architects is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic software architects 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 software architects.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known software architects to the lesser known software architects of today, these are some of the best professionals in the software architect field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous software architects ever?" and "What are the names of famous software architects?" then you're in the right place. (43 items)
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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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 flagship Office suite of applications. He now heads his own company, Intentional Software, with the aim of ...more

Age: 68

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, + more

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Jack Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Architects
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Jack Dorsey is an American computer programmer and businessman widely known as a co-founder of Twitter, and as the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company. In 2008, he was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. For 2012, ...more

Age: 40

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Software Architect, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who created Adobe Photoshop. He initiated the development of image processing routines in 1988. After Tom created the first core routines, he showed them to his brother, John Knoll, who worked at Industrial Light and Magic. John liked what he saw, ...more

Age: 55

Profession: Software Architect, Software Engineer

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