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List of Famous Software Developers

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

Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Sergey Brin is included on this list of popular software engineers and programmers. 

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

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  • Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. Brin is...  more

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  • Lawrence Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer (CTO) of Oracle...  more
  • 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 Inc., which...  more

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  • Vinton Gray Cerf ForMemRS, (; born June 23, 1943) is an American Internet pioneer and is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with TCP/IP co-inventor Bob Kahn. He...  more
  • Linus Benedict Torvalds (; Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnɵs ˈtuːrvalds] (listen); born December 28, 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, historically, the principal...  more
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    Kevin Systrom is an American entrepreneur and software engineer, best known as the co‑founder and CEO of Instagram, an online mobile photo, video sharing application and social networking service for...  more
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    Alexander Alexandrovich Stepanov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Степа́нов), born November 16, 1950 in Moscow, is a Russian computer programmer, best known as an advocate of generic programming...  more
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    Michel "Mike" Krieger is a Brazilian entrepreneur and software engineer, who is best known as the co-founder of Instagram along with Kevin Systrom. Born in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, Krieger moved...  more
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  • Richard Matthew Stallman (; born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms, (also his email ID), and occasionally upper-case RMS, is an American free software movement activist and...  more
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  • Hans Thomas Reiser (born December 19, 1963) is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer. In April 2008, Reiser was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Nina...  more
  • Robert "Rob" C. Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian programmer and author. He is best known for his work on the Go programming language and at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was...  more
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    Ulrich Drepper was the lead contributor and maintainer of the GNU C Library....  more
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