Famous American Computer Engineers

Today for everything under the sun, you are but just a touch (in case of touchpad) or a click (in case of mouse) away - whether it is payment of bills or transfer of funds, sending important mails or some fresh flowers, computers today have resolved all our demands for necessities and luxuries. What’s more, they have been our wonder machines bringing us all to a world platform. With the advent and advancement of technology, our lives have transformed completely. Humans today have become inseparable from their own creations – be it internet, social media, video games, laptops or smartphones. But we often forget to thank the brains behind all of these – computer engineers. Thanks to computer engineers who built the machine, wrote its code, and guided its evolution and advancement, we have a tech-savvy world. And while talking about computer engineers, one cannot but fathom the contribution made by Americans. Whether it is the social media ‘wonder boy’ Mark Zuckberg or business magnate Larry Page, programmer and entrepreneur Douglas Crockford or computer scientist Sergey Brin, American computer engineers have left an indelible mark on the field of computer engineering with their pioneering work. Browse through this section and find out details about the life and works of famous American computer engineers.

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 1 
Kevin Systrom
(Co‑founder of Instagram)

Kevin Systrom
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Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holliston, Massachusetts, United States

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Kevin Systrom is one of the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram. He resigned as the Instagram CEO in 2018. He was named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list in 2014 and was one of the U.S’s richest entrepreneurs below 40 in 2016.

 2 
Dustin Moskovitz
(Entrepreneur)

Dustin Moskovitz
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Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Dustin Moskovitz is an Internet entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular social networking service, Facebook. In 2008, he co-founded a web and mobile application called Asana after quitting Facebook. One of the youngest self-made billionaires of all time, Dustin Moskovitz is also renowned for his philanthropic activities; he co-founded a philanthropic organization called Good Ventures in 2011.

 3 
Linus Torvalds
(Software Engineer, Main developer of the Linux kernel)

Linus Torvalds
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Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Finnish software engineer Linus Torvalds developed the open-source software Linux kernel, the Git system, and the scuba dive planning software Subsurface. Named to Time 100 and inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, he has also written an autobiography. He is married to Finnish karate champion Tove Torvalds.

 4 
John Carmack
(Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist)

John Carmack
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Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kansas City

Computer-game developer John Carmack introduced pioneering innovations in the 3-D game arena. He specializes in first-person shooter games, such as Quake and Doom. The id Software founder had spent a year in a juvenile home and had later dropped out of university to become a freelance programmer.

 5 
Zoe Quinn
(Video Game Developer)

Zoe Quinn
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Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States

 6 
Shiva Ayyadurai
(Entrepreneur)

Shiva Ayyadurai
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Birthdate: December 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Shiva Ayyadurai is an Indian-American engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur. He gained recognition after claiming to be the inventor of email, which is widely disputed even today. His claim is based on a software called EMAIL, which he wrote while studying at Livingston High School in the late-1970s. He is also known for his unfounded medical claims, including treatments for COVID-19.

 7 
Toby Fox
(Video Game Developer and Composer Known for His Games: ‘Undertale’ and ‘Deltarune’)

Toby Fox
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Birthdate: October 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

Video game developer and composer Toby Fox is best known for developing the video games Deltarune and Undertale. He started composing music for webcomics while still in high school. As a video game developer, he created the video game Undertale independently and also released a number of unused musical tracks from the same.

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 8 
Paul Buchheit
(Creator and Lead Developer of 'Gmail', Google’s Web-Based Email System)

Paul Buchheit
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Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States

Paul Buchheit is an American entrepreneur and computer engineer. He is credited with creating Gmail and developing a prototype of Google AdSense. In 2007, he launched FriendFeed, which was later acquired by Facebook. In 2011, Paul Buchheit was honored with the Economist Innovation Award. Also a noted philanthropist, Paul Buchheit has made donations to several health organizations.

 9 
Ron Watkins
(System administrator and Spreading of QAnon conspiracy theories)

Ron Watkins
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Not known

 10 
Tim Sweeney
(Computer programmer)

Tim Sweeney
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States

 11 
Sid Meier
(Video game designer, Computer scientist)

Sid Meier
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Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

Game designer Sid Meier soared to fame with the strategy game series Civilization. Initially a cash-register designer, he later co-founded the gaming company MicroProse. He met his wife at a Lutheran Church, where they both still sing. Apart from the AIAS Hall of Fame Award, he has also penned a memoir.

 12 
Marc Andreessen
(Best Known as Co-Author of 'Mosaic', the First Widely Used Web Browser)

Marc Andreessen
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and investor. He is credited with co-founding the independent computer services company Netscape as well as the private venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is also credited with co-authoring one of the first web browsers, NCSA Mosaic. In 1994, he was inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.

 13 
George Hotz
(Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist)

George Hotz
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Birthdate: October 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glen Rock, New Jersey

Known online as Geohot, George Francis Hotz is an American security hacker and software engineer, who at the age of seventeen became the first person to hack Apple’s iPhone. Later, he developed iOS jailbreaks and became the first person to crack a defense system in Sony PlayStation 3. Currently, he is working at comma.ai, a startup he founded in 2015.

 14 
Shawn Fanning
(Computer scientist, Programmer)

Shawn Fanning
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Birthdate: November 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brockton

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Shawn Fanning revolutionized the world of information technology by developing a program that let users share MP3 copies of music from their personal computers with others on the internet. His invention led to the formation of Napster and got him featured on the cover of Time.

 15 
Evan Williams
(Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter)

Evan Williams
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Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clarks

 16 
Ed Boon
(Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist)

Ed Boon
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Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

 17 
Bobby Murphy
(Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer)

Bobby Murphy
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Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 18 
Tim Schafer
(Engineer, Programmer, Video game developer)

Tim Schafer
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Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sonoma

 19 
Daniel Fredinburg
(Google Executive and Climate Activist)

Daniel Fredinburg
5
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Died: April 25, 2015

Daniel Fredinburg was an American climate activist, Google executive, explorer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He was credited with co-inventing over 12 software technologies that were recognized and patented by Google. Daniel Fredinburg also served as the head of privacy at Google X before his untimely and tragic death caused by head injuries during an avalanche, at the age of 33.

 20 

Douglas Engelbart
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Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: July 2, 2013

 21 
Tommy Rettig
(Child Actor)

Tommy Rettig
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1996

 22 
Richard Garriott
(Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer, Programmer)

Richard Garriott
5
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge

 23 
Chris Metzen
(Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Voice actor, Visual artist, Author, Computer scientist, Science fiction writer)

Chris Metzen
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Birthdate: November 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States of America

 24 
Brendan Eich
(computer scientist, programmer, chief technology officer)

Brendan Eich
5
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

 25 
Ray Tomlinson
(Inventor of the First Email System)

Ray Tomlinson
5
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Died: March 5, 2016

 26 
Hans Reiser
(Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide)

Hans Reiser
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Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California

 27 
Jonathan Blow
(programmer, game designer)

Jonathan Blow
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Birthdate: 1971 AD

 28 
Edmund McMillen
(Video game developer, Computer scientist)

Edmund McMillen
5
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Cruz

 29 
Tony Fadell
(Engineer)

Tony Fadell
5
Birthdate: March 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 30 
Ward Cunningham
(Programmer, Computer scientist)

Ward Cunningham
5
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America

 31 
Ian Murdock
(Software engineer, known for being the founder of the Debian project and Progeny Linux Systems)

Ian Murdock
5
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: December 28, 2015

 32 
Bill Joy
(Computer scientist, co-founded Sun Microsystems)

Bill Joy
5
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States

 33 
Greg Gianforte
(25th Governor of Montana)

Greg Gianforte
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Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 34 
Bram Cohen
(Computer Programmer, Best Known as the Author of the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) BitTorrent Protocol)

Bram Cohen
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Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 35 
Eric S. Raymond
(Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Lawyer, Computer scientist, Journalist)

Eric S. Raymond
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Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston

Amit Singhal
5
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jhansi

 37 
Mike Harrington
(Computer Engineer)

Mike Harrington
4
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 38 
Jacob Appelbaum
(computer scientist, blogger, Internet activist, journalist)

Jacob Appelbaum
4
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries

 39 
Ze Frank
(Artist)

Ze Frank
5
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guilderland

 40 
Ben Swann
(Journalist)

Ben Swann
4
Birthdate: July 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Paso

 41 
Bill Hewlett
(Entrepreneur)

Bill Hewlett
4
Birthdate: May 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2001

 42 
Milton Bradley
(Publisher, Writer)

Milton Bradley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Maine, United States
Died: May 30, 1911

 43 
Peter Norton
(Art collector, Programmer, Computer scientist)

Peter Norton
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Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aberdeen

 44 
Joel Spolsky
(computer scientist, programmer)

Joel Spolsky
4
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Albuquerque

 45 
Tom Hall
(Computer scientist)

Tom Hall
2
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wisconsin

 46 
Andy Gavin
(Computer scientist, Novelist)

Andy Gavin
4
Birthdate: June 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 47 
Dave Arneson
(List of role-playing game designers)

Dave Arneson
4
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hennepin County
Died: April 7, 2009

 48 
Larry Wall
(Programmer, Engineer, Writer, Computer scientist)

Larry Wall
4
Birthdate: September 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 49 
Jamie Zawinski
(Engineer, Programmer, Nightclub owner, Computer scientist)

Jamie Zawinski
4
Birthdate: November 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

 50 
Tim Paterson
(Computer Programmer Best Known for Creating '86-DOS', an Operating System for the 'Intel 8086')

Tim Paterson
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Birthdate: June 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States