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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 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

Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Eric Schmidt Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since ...more

Anthony James Barr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Anthony James Barr Anthony James Barr, aka Tony Barr or Jim Barr is an American programming language designer, software engineer, and inventor. Among his notable contributions are the Statistical Analysis System, ...more

Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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

Sean Egan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
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

Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Ken Jennings Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and ...more

James Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
James Goodnight James Howard Goodnight is a businessman and software programmer. He co-founded SAS Institute as a faculty member of North Carolina State University in 1976. Since then he has been the CEO for ...more

Thomas Sterling is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Thomas Sterling Thomas L. Sterling is an author.

Barry Boehm is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Barry Boehm Barry W. Boehm is an American software engineer, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Industrial and Systems Engineering; the TRW Professor of Software Engineering; and Founding Director ...more

Hans Reiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Hans Reiser Hans Thomas Reiser is an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, and convicted murderer. He is the creator and primary developer of the ReiserFS computer file system, which is contained ...more

Anders Hejlsberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Anders Hejlsberg Anders Hejlsberg is a prominent Danish software engineer who co-designed several popular and commercially successful programming languages and development tools. He was the original author of ...more

Joshua Bloch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Joshua Bloch Joshua J. Bloch is a software engineer and a technology author, formerly employed at Sun Microsystems and Google. He led the design and implementation of numerous Java platform features, ...more

Christopher Ahlberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Christopher Ahlberg 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 Constantine Larry LeRoy Constantine is an American software engineer, professor in the Center for Exact Sciences and Engineering at the University of Madeira Portugal, and considered one of the pioneers of ...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 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 ...more

Sebastian Thrun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Sebastian Thrun Sebastian Thrun is an educator, programmer, robotics developer and computer scientist from Germany. He is CEO and cofounder of Udacity, an institution he cofounded with David Stavens and Mike ...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 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
Fred Brooks Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. is an American computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist, best known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and ...more

Daniel Park is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Alec Flett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Jim Jagielski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Jim Jagielski Jim Jagielski is an American software engineer, who specializes in web and open source technologies.

Brad Templeton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Brad Templeton Brad Templeton is a software architect, civil rights advocate, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of Waterloo. Templeton is considered one of the early luminaries of Usenet, and ...more

Mike Shwe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Tathagat Verma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Tathagat Verma Tathagat Verma is the son of Rajeev Verma.

Rob Pike is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Rob Pike Robert Pike is a Canadian software engineer and author. He is best known for his work at Bell Labs, where he was a member of the Unix team and was involved in the creation of the Plan 9 from ...more

Tom Malaher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Erik Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Erik Brown I'm a software developer. I work on this website.

Steve Gibson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Steve Gibson Steven Gibson is an American software engineer, security researcher, and IT security gadfly. In the early 1980s, Gibson was best known for his work on light pen technology for use with Apple and ...more

Nicholas Paldino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Jutta Degener is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Dave Cutler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Dave Cutler David Neil "Dave" Cutler, Sr. is an American software engineer, designer and developer of several operating systems including Windows NT at Microsoft and RSX-11M, VMS and VAXELN at ...more

Daniel H. Harrison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Grady Booch is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Grady Booch Grady Booch is an American software engineer, best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh. He is recognized internationally for his innovative ...more

Benjamin Floyd Liles IV is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Cedric G Hurst II is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Matthias Ettrich is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Matthias Ettrich Matthias Ettrich is a German computer scientist known for his contributions to the KDE and LyX projects.

Biz Stone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Biz Stone Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone is a co-founder of Twitter, Inc and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Odeo, The Obvious Corporation and Medium. In 2012, Stone co-founded a start-up ...more

Madhan Karky is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Madhan Karky Madhan Karky Vairamuthu is an Indian lyricist, research associate, software engineer, and film dialogue writer. He is the son of poet and lyricist Vairamuthu. He is also an assistant professor ...more

Peter Burns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Robert Love is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers
Robert Love Robert M. Love is an American author, speaker, Google engineer, and open source software developer. Love is best known for his contributions to the Linux kernel, with notable work including the ...more

Viral Shah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Michael Safyan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers

Vishal Talwar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Software Engineers