Famous British Computer Scientists

Find out more about the greatest British Computer Scientists, including Alan Turing, Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Shuttleworth, Kevin Warwick and Stephen Wolfram.

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 1 Alan Turing

Alan Turing
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 7, 1954

Regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing was a distinguished mathematician and logician. During WWII, he successfully broke the challenging German Enigma machine codes thereby reducing the duration of war by a couple of years. The scientist, who was convicted for being gay, has been an inspiration for numerous films, plays and novels.

 2 Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage
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Famous As: Father of the computer
Birthdate: December 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 18, 1871
Charles Babbage, or the “father of the computer,” invented the prototype of the world’s first mechanical calculator, the Difference Engine. With the help of mathematician Ada Lovelace, he also created the Analytical Engine, the first general-purpose computer and a precursor of the modern computer, with its looping and sequential mechanism.
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 3 Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee
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Famous As: Inventor of the World Wide Web
Birthdate: June 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Widely known as ten inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee made the first communication between an HTTP client and server through the internet in 1989. He is associated with various organizations, such as the W3C and the World Wide Web Foundation, and has received the knighthood, too.

 4 Tony Hoare

Tony Hoare
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Tony Hoare is a British computer scientist who is credited with developing the sorting algorithm quicksort. He is also credited with developing Hoare logic, a formal system for verifying program correctness. Over the years, Tony Hoare has received several prestigious awards for his contribution to computer science.

 5 Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon

 6 Sophie Wilson

Sophie Wilson
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Famous As: computer scientist
Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Leeds

 7 Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Computer scientist, Businessperson, University teacher, Patent inventor, Writer
Birthdate: August 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

Stephen Wolfram is a British-American computer scientist, physicist, and businessman, best known for his work in computer science, mathematics, and theoretical physics. He is a  fellow of the American Mathematical Society. As a businessman, he is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, a software company. 

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 8 Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey

A consumer electronics pioneer, entrepreneur Clive Sinclair began his business venture selling radio and amplifier kits. He went on to launch the word’s first pocket calculator and later also worked on products such as digital watches and pocket TV. He is a fan of poker and is a Mensa member.

 9 Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardiff

 10 Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick
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Famous As: Engineer, Writer, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coventry

A professor at the Coventry and Reading universities, engineer Kevin Warwicke specializes in artificial intelligence, robotics, and biomedical engineering. One of his most interesting research interests is the possibility of creating cyborgs, which has earned him the nickname Captain Cyborg. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities.

 11 Martin Fowler

Martin Fowler
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Famous As: Software Developer
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: Walsall, United Kingdom

 12 Tommy Flowers

Tommy Flowers
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Famous As: Technician, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 22, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poplar
Died: October 28, 1998

Born to a bricklayer in London’s East End, Tommy Flowers completed his studies in electrical engineering attending night classes while working as an apprentice during the day. He developed Max Newman’s model of a machine that had the potential to decipher German codes and turned it into his Colossus computer.

 13 Edgar F. Codd

Edgar F. Codd
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fortuneswell, England
Died: April 18, 2003

 14 Leslie Valiant

Leslie Valiant
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

 15 David J. C. MacKay

David J. C. MacKay
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Famous As: Physicist, Computer scientist, Professor
Birthdate: April 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent
Died: April 14, 2016

David J. C. MacKay was a British mathematician, physicist, and academic. He studied at the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology. As an academic, he served as the Regius Professor of Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS). 

 16 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.

 17 Stuart J. Russell

Stuart J. Russell
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Famous As: scientist, computer scientist, engineer, university teacher
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Portsmouth

 18 I. J. Good

I. J. Good
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Famous As: Mathematician, Cryptographer, Computer scientist, Philosopher, Statistician, University teacher
Birthdate: December 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: April 5, 2009

 19 Alan Cox

Alan Cox
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Famous As: Programmer, Blogger, Computer scientist
Birthdate: July 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Solihull

 20 Donald Davies

Donald Davies
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: June 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treorchy, Wales
Died: May 28, 2000

 21 Simon Peyton Jones

Simon Peyton Jones
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Africa

 22 Maurice Wilkes

Maurice Wilkes
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: June 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dudley, Worcestershire, England
Died: November 29, 2010

British computer scientist Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes is noted for constructing the early British computer Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) and for inventing microprogramming. He designed and helped build the EDSAC, one of the earliest stored program computers which became a full-scale operational computer. The concept of microprogramming developed by him also greatly simplified the development of CPU.

 23 David Wheeler

David Wheeler
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Famous As: cryptographer, computer scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: December 13, 2004

 24 Nigel Shadbolt

Nigel Shadbolt
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: April 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

 25 Tom Kilburn

Tom Kilburn
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yorkshire, England
Died: January 17, 2001

 26 Robin Milner

Robin Milner
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: January 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yealmpton, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 20, 2010

 27 Roger Needham

Roger Needham
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: March 1, 2003

 28 Steve Grand

Steve Grand
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 29 Michael Fourman

Michael Fourman
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 30 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

 31 Austin Tate

Austin Tate
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Knottingley, England

 32 Chrisanthi Avgerou

Chrisanthi Avgerou
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Greece