Famous British Computer Engineers

Find out more about the greatest British Computer Engineers, including Peter Molyneux, Demis Hassabis, Jonathan Ive, Robert Hawking and Andrew Gower.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Peter Molyneux

Peter Molyneux
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Famous As: Game programmer, Engineer, Programmer, Game designer
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guildford

Peter Molyneux is an English programmer and video game designer. He is credited with creating several popular video games like Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Godus, and the Fable series. In 2004, he was inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame. In 2011, Peter Molyneux was honored at the Game Developers Choice Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

 2 Jonathan Ive

Jonathan Ive
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Famous As: Industrial designer
Birthdate: February 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chingford

Jonathan Ive is a British-American product, industrial, and architectural designer. The former Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple Inc., Ive played a major role in the designs of several Apple products, such as the iPhone, MacBook, iMac, iPad, and iPod. He also played an important role in the designs of Apple's architectural projects, such as Apple Stores and Apple Park.

 3 Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis
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Famous As: Engineer, Chess player
Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

Demis Hassabis is a British neuroscientist, artificial intelligence (AI) researcher, entrepreneur, and video game designer. He is credited with co-founding DeepMind for which he is currently serving as the chief executive officer. Over the years, he has won several prestigious awards, such as the Mullard Award. In 2017, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time 100.

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 4 Andrew Gower

Andrew Gower
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nottingham

Best known as Cutler from the series Being Human, Andrew Gower also impressed his fans with his performance as “Bonnie Prince” Charles Edward Stuart in Outlander. A prominent stage actor, too, he has been part of many Oxford School of Drama productions. He has also experimented with a music career.

 5 Ian Livingstone

Ian Livingstone
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Famous As: Fantasy author, entrepreneur, video game developer
Birthdate: November 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prestbury

 6 Jeff Minter

Jeff Minter
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reading

Known as Yak on all online forums, video-game designer and programmer Jeff Minter is also the founder of Llamasoft. His games often include characters such as llamas and camels and a healthy dose of psychedelics. He has also appeared in the movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

 7 David Braben

David Braben
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Engineer, Game designer
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Basford

Born to a physicist, David Braben was naturally fond of math and science in childhood. He later turned his childhood love for video games into the video-game company Frontier Developments, best known for its Elite series of games. He has also earned honors such as the OBE.

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 8 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.

 9 Elise Andrew

Elise Andrew
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: England

 10 David Caminer

David Caminer
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: June 26, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 19, 2008

 11 Richard Grimsdale

Richard Grimsdale
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Famous As: Electrical engineer
Birthdate: September 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Australia
Died: December 6, 2005

Born to a British engineer father in Australia, Richard Grimsdale later moved to England, where he studied electrical engineering. He is best remembered for inventing the Metrovick 950, the world’s first transistorized computer. His research also included the Atlas computer and the Manchester computers.