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 Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
Famous As: CEO of Twitter
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

As the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey continues to influence the lives of millions around the world. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dorsey is credited with funding 600 public school projects in Missouri. A prolific donator, Jack Dorsey has donated $24 million as part of various relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to Boston University.

 2 Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim
Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Merseburg, Germany

Jawed Karim is an American Internet entrepreneur and software engineer. Karim is credited with co-founding one of the most popular online video-sharing platforms, YouTube. He is also credited with uploading the first YouTube video named Me at the zoo. During his time working at PayPal, Jawed Karim had designed many of the company's core components, such as its anti-Internet-fraud system.

 3 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

 4 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 5 John Carmack

John Carmack
Famous As: Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
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.

 6 Zoe Quinn

Zoe Quinn
Famous As: Video Game Developer
Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United States

 7 Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt
Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer and technology businessman who served as Google's CEO from 2001 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the executive chairman of Google. A well-known philanthropist, Schmidt and his wife Wendy established the Schmidt Family Foundation in 2006. The foundation aims at educating people on the importance of natural resources.

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 8 Ron Watkins

Ron Watkins
Famous As: System administrator and Spreading of QAnon conspiracy theories
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Not known

 9 Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden
Famous As: Computer Professional, Former CIA Employee
Birthdate: June 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States

A Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who came into the limelight after leaking confidential information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013, Edward Snowden has been variously called a “hero", “whistle-blower", and “traitor". A controversial figure in USA, he was granted asylum in Russia, where he now lives with his wife.

 10 Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen
Famous As: Entrepreneur
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.

 11 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
Famous As: Computer Engineer
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.

 12 Tim Sweeney

Tim Sweeney
Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States

 13 Sid Meier

Sid Meier
Famous As: Video game designer, Computer scientist
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.

 14 George Hotz

George Hotz
Famous As: Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist
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.

 15 Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning
Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
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.

 16 Evan Williams

Evan Williams
Famous As: Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clarks

 17 Tim Schafer

Tim Schafer
Famous As: Engineer, Programmer, Video game developer
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sonoma

 18 Daniel Fredinburg

Daniel Fredinburg
Famous As: Google X Engineer
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.

 19 Bobby Murphy

Bobby Murphy
Famous As: Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer
Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 20 Tommy Rettig

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

 21 Ed Boon

Ed Boon
Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

 22 Richard Garriott

Richard Garriott
Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer, Programmer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambridge

 23 Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen
Famous As: Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Voice actor, Visual artist, Author, Computer scientist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States of America

 24 Douglas Engelbart

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

 25 Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson
Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, New York, U.S.
Died: March 5, 2016

 26 Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte
Famous As: 25th Governor of Montana
Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 27 Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich
Famous As: computer scientist, programmer, chief technology officer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

 28 Jonathan Blow

Jonathan Blow
Famous As: programmer, game designer
Birthdate: 1971 AD

 29 Hans Reiser

Hans Reiser
Famous As: Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California

 30 Edmund McMillen

Edmund McMillen
Famous As: Video game developer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Santa Cruz

 31 Tony Fadell

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

 32 Ian Murdock

Ian Murdock
Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Konstanz
Died: December 28, 2015

 33 Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham
Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States of America

 34 Amit Singhal

Amit Singhal
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jhansi

 35 Eric S. Raymond

Eric S. Raymond
Famous As: Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Lawyer, Computer scientist, Journalist
Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston

 36 Roberta Williams

Roberta Williams
Famous As: Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: La Verne

 37 Jacob Appelbaum

Jacob Appelbaum
Famous As: computer scientist, blogger, Internet activist, journalist
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries

 38 Joel Spolsky

Joel Spolsky
Famous As: computer scientist, programmer
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Albuquerque

 39 Bram Cohen

Bram Cohen
Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer, Blogger
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 40 Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington
Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 41 Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey

 42 Ze Frank

Ze Frank
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guilderland

 43 Milton Bradley

Milton Bradley
Famous As: Publisher, Writer
Birthdate: November 8, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maine
Died: May 30, 1911

 44 Ben Swann

Ben Swann
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Paso

 45 Bill Hewlett

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

 46 Andy Gavin

Andy Gavin
Famous As: Computer scientist, Novelist
Birthdate: June 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 47 Peter Norton

Peter Norton
Famous As: Art collector, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: November 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aberdeen

 48 Larry Wall

Larry Wall
Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 49 Dave Arneson

Dave Arneson
Famous As: List of role-playing game designers
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hennepin County
Died: April 7, 2009

 50 Tom Hall

Tom Hall
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wisconsin