List of Famous Software Architects

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.

Bill Gates and Charles Simonyi are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

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. {#nodes}

  • Bill Gates
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    William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, CEO and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Gates launched Microsoft with Paul Allen in 1975; it went on to become the world's largest personal computer software company. Gates led the company as chairman and CEO until stepping down as CEO in January 2000, but he remained chairman and became chief software architect. In June ...more
  • Charles Simonyi
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    Charles Simonyi (; Hungarian: Simonyi Károly, pronounced [ˈʃimoɲi ˈkaːroj]; born September 10, 1948) is a Hungarian-born American software architect. He started and led Microsoft's applications group, where he built the first versions of Microsoft Office suite of applications. He founded and led Intentional Software (acquired by Microsoft in 2017), with the aim of developing and marketing his concept of intentional programming. In April 2007, aboard Soyuz TMA-10, he became the fifth space tourist and the second Hungarian in space. In March 2009, aboard Soyuz TMA-14, he made a second trip to the International Space Station. His estimated net worth is US$3.3 billion.
  • Jack Patrick Dorsey (born November 19, 1976) is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who is co-founder and CEO of Twitter, and the founder and CEO of Square, a mobile payments company.
  • Thomas Knoll is an American software engineer who created Adobe Photoshop. He initiated the development of image processing routines in 1988. After Knoll 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, suggested new features, and encouraged Tom to bundle them into a package with a graphical user interface. In 1989, John successfully sold the program to Adobe Systems which brought it out as Photoshop.Thomas Knoll was the lead developer until version CS4, and currently contributes to work on the Camera Raw plug-in to process raw images from cameras.Knoll was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ...more