Computer Engineers

Computer engineers are responsible for designing, developing, implementing and testing computer-based hardware and software. Computer engineering refers to the study that integrates electronic engineering with computer sciences to design and develop computer systems and other technological devices. Computer engineers specializing in software need to be fluent in a variety of programming languages, like Java and C++. Computer engineers are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on using digital systems to control and monitor electrical systems like motors, communications, and sensors. A computer engineer may also be responsible for constructing and managing an organization's computer system and supplying technical support. A computer engineer typically works in an office or laboratory environment as part of a team and enjoys a traditional work schedule. Since even the smallest businesses rely on some type of computer system for their daily tasks, computer engineers are known to work all over the map in both the private and public sectors. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous computer engineers from all over the world.

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 1 Bill Gates

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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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 wife use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

 2 Shiva Ayyadurai

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Famous As: Inventor of Email
Birthdate: December 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

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.

 3 John McAfee

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Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 4 Dustin Moskovitz

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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 Jeff Bezos

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Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 6 Markus Persson

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Famous As: Video Game Programmer & Designer
Birthdate: June 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Swedish
Swedish game designer Markus Persson, also known by his pseudonym, Notch, created the sandbox video game Minecraft, which Microsoft later bought for $2.5 billion. He also founded the video game company Mojang. He was dragged into controversy for his “tweets” on feminism, race, and the LGBT community.

 7 Hamza Bendelladj

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Famous As: Computer engineer
Birthdate: January 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Algerian
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 8 Linus Torvalds

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Famous As: Software Engineer
Birthdate: December 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Finnish, American
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.

 9 Jack Dorsey

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Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 10 Sundar Pichai

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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, American

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

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 11 Kim Dotcom

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Hacker
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German, Finnish

Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur and political activist. He first gained fame in the 1990s as an internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload. He is a controversial person and was once convicted on charges of computer fraud. He loves music and has released one album and a few singles. 

 12 Eric Schmidt

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Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 13 Guido van Rossum

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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch
Dutch programmer Guido van Rossum is known as the inventor of the Python programming language. He has also worked with Google and Dropbox earlier. In November 2020, he announced he announced his decision to join the Developer Division of Microsoft. He has won several honors, such as the NLUUG Award.

 14 Vitalik Buterin

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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian

 15 Edward Snowden

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Famous As: Computer Professional, Former CIA Employee
Birthdate: June 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 16 Jan Koum

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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 17 John Carmack

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Famous As: Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 18 George Hotz

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Famous As: Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 19 Marc Andreessen

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 20 Garrett Camp

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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 21 Ma Huateng

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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

 22 Demis Hassabis

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Famous As: Engineer, Chess player
Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 23 Sid Meier

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Famous As: Video game producer, Engineer, Video game designer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American

 24 Daniel Fredinburg

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Famous As: Google X Engineer
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: April 25, 2015

 25 Tim Sweeney

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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Nationality: American

 26 Paul Buchheit

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Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 27 Jonathan Ive

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Famous As: Industrial designer
Birthdate: February 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 28 Peter Molyneux

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Famous As: Game programmer, Engineer, Programmer, Game designer
Birthdate: May 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 29 Shawn Fanning

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: November 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 30 Tim Schafer

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Famous As: Engineer, Programmer, Video game developer
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 31 Brendan Eich

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Famous As: computer scientist, programmer, chief technology officer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 32 Edsger W. Dijkstra

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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
Died: August 6, 2002

 33 Evan Williams

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Famous As: Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 34 Richard Garriott

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Famous As: Astronaut, Engineer, Video game developer, Programmer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 35 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: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 36 Douglas Engelbart

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: January 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 2, 2013

 37 Tommy Rettig

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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1996

 38 Jonathan Blow

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Famous As: programmer, game designer
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Nationality: American

 39 Ed Boon

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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 40 Ray Tomlinson

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Famous As: Inventor of the First Email System
Birthdate: April 23, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 5, 2016

 41 Magdalen Berns

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Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 13, 2019

 42 Hans Reiser

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Famous As: Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Ian Murdock

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2015

 44 Edmund McMillen

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Famous As: Video game developer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 45 Tony Fadell

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Andrew Gower

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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: December 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 47 Ze Frank

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 48 Jade Raymond

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Famous As: Television presenter, Engineer
Birthdate: August 28, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian

 49 David Baszucki

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

 50 Ward Cunningham

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Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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