List of famous computer scientists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Computer scientists specialize in the scientific study of computation and computer technology, hardware and software. They work in the field of computer science, i.e. the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of computing and computers. Computer scientists work alongside with other research professionals like computer programmers, information technology specialists, electrical engineers, etc. in order to develop new computer technology and design hardware and software. Their research helps to improve the performance of existing computer systems. The field of theoretical computer science deals with the theory of computation and other topics focused on logical, mathematical and abstract aspects of computing. Applied computer science, on the other hand, deals with issues like Artificial Intelligence, computer graphics, and computer security which can be put to practical use in real-life situations. Computer scientists may work in software development that involves designing of games, search engines, operating systems and web browsers. Those who work on computer hardware are dedicated to the development of higher processing speed. Some computer scientists work with engineers to design robotics that are used in the manufacturing sector. These professionals also teach in universities or work with government agencies. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous computer scientists.

Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz
(American)

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)
Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)

Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)

George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)
Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(German,Finnish)

John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)
Emilio PalmaEmilio Palma
(Argentine)

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)

Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra

Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)

James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian)

Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian)

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)

Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)

Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)

Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
(American)

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
David FiloDavid Filo
(American)

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)

Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)

David PackardDavid Packard
(American)

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(American)
Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)

William Redington HewlettWilliam Redington Hewlett
(American)
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)

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