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 Bill Gates

Bill Gates.
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his ex-wife, Melinda, use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

 2 John McAfee

John McAfee.
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Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23, 2021

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

 3 Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey.
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Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
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.

 4 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos.
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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.

 5 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz.
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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.

 6 Eric Schmidt

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

 7 Jan Koum

Jan Koum.
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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

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 8 John Carmack

John Carmack
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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.

 9 Marc Andreessen

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

 10 Daniel Fredinburg

Daniel Fredinburg.
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Famous As: Google X Engineer
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Died: April 25, 2015

 11 Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden.
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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.

 12 Tim Sweeney

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

 13 Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning
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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.

 14 George Hotz

George Hotz
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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 Tim Schafer

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

 16 Evan Williams

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

 17 Paul Buchheit

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

 18 Richard Garriott

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

 19 Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen
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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

 20 Ed Boon

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

 21 Tommy Rettig

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

 22 Douglas Engelbart

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

 23 Ray Tomlinson

Ray Tomlinson.
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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

 24 Brendan Eich

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

 25 Jonathan Blow

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

 26 Edmund McMillen

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

 27 Hans Reiser

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

 28 Ian Murdock

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

 29 Tony Fadell

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

 30 Ward Cunningham

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

 31 Amit Singhal

Amit Singhal
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jhansi

 32 Eric S. Raymond

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

 33 Jacob Appelbaum

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

 34 Roberta Williams

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

 35 Joel Spolsky

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

 36 Mike Harrington

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

 37 Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: New Jersey

 38 Ben Swann

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

 39 Dave Arneson

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

 40 Ze Frank

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

 41 Bram Cohen

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

 42 Milton Bradley

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

 43 Peter Norton

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

 44 Larry Wall

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

 45 Bill Hewlett

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

 47 Tom Hall

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

 48 Tim Paterson

Tim Paterson
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Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: June 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini

 49 Josh Sawyer

Josh Sawyer
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Famous As: Video game developer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fort Atkinson

 50 Jordan Mechner

Jordan Mechner
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City