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

List features people like Anthony James Barr, Eric Schmidt, and many more

From reputable, prominent, and well known software engineers to the lesser known software engineers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the software engineer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous software engineers ever?" and "What are the names of famous software engineers?" then you're in the right place. 
Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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
Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer. He is known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, Executive Chairman of Google from 2011 to ...more
Anthony James Barr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Anthony James Barr (born September 24, 1940), aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr, is an American programming language designer, software engineer and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the ...more
Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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
Sean Egan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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
Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Ken Jennings
Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant, computer scientist, and author. He is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. ...more

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James Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
James Howard Goodnight (born January 6, 1943) is an American billionaire businessman and software developer. He has been the CEO of SAS Institute since 1976, which he co-founded that year with ...more
Thomas Sterling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Thomas Sterling is Professor of Computer Science at Indiana University, a Faculty Associate at California Institute of Technology, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Oak Ridge National ...more
Barry Boehm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Barry W. Boehm (born 1935) is an American software engineer, distinguished professor of computer science, industrial and systems engineering; the TRW Professor of Software Engineering; and ...more
Hans Reiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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, ...more
Anders Hejlsberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Anders Hejlsberg (, born 2 December 1960) is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was ...more
Joshua Bloch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Joshua J. Bloch (born August 28, 1961) is an American software engineer and a technology author, formerly employed at Sun Microsystems and Google. He led the design and implementation of ...more
Christopher Ahlberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Christopher Ahlberg is a Swedish-born entrepreneur and computer scientist. He is the CEO and co-founder of Recorded Future. Ahlberg is also an independent director of Hult International Business ...more
Larry Constantine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Larry LeRoy Constantine (pronounced Constanteen; born 1943) is an American software engineer, professor in the Center for Exact Sciences and Engineering at the University of Madeira Portugal, ...more
Daniel Peebles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Donald G. Firesmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Donald G. Firesmith
Donald G. Firesmith is an American software engineer, consultant, and trainer at the Software Engineering Institute.
Thomas Knoll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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 ...more
Sebastian Thrun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Sebastian Thrun (born May 14, 1967) is an innovator, entrepreneur educator, and computer scientist from Germany. He is CEO of the Kitty Hawk Corporation, chairman and co-founder of Udacity. ...more
Matt Pokrzywa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Phil Booth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Phil Booth
Tim McFadden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Chris Eppstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Michael Howard Kay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Michael Howard Kay Ph.D FBCS is the editor of the W3C specification of the XSLT 2.0 language for performing XML transformations, and the developer of the Saxon XSLT and XQuery processing
Erik Gavriluk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Erik Gavriluk
Erik Gavriluk is a musician and record producer.
Fred Brooks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Frederick Phillips "Fred" Brooks Jr. (born April 19, 1931) is an American computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist, best known for managing the development of ...more