List of famous computer scientists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Computer scientists specialize in the scientific study of computation and computer technology, hardware and software. They work in the field of computer science, i.e. the study of the theoretical and practical aspects of computing and computers. Computer scientists work alongside with other research professionals like computer programmers, information technology specialists, electrical engineers, etc. in order to develop new computer technology and design hardware and software. Their research helps to improve the performance of existing computer systems. The field of theoretical computer science deals with the theory of computation and other topics focused on logical, mathematical and abstract aspects of computing. Applied computer science, on the other hand, deals with issues like Artificial Intelligence, computer graphics, and computer security which can be put to practical use in real-life situations. Computer scientists may work in software development that involves designing of games, search engines, operating systems and web browsers. Those who work on computer hardware are dedicated to the development of higher processing speed. Some computer scientists work with engineers to design robotics that are used in the manufacturing sector. These professionals also teach in universities or work with government agencies. What follows is a collection of the biographies, timelines, trivia and other information about the professional and personal lives of some of the world’s most famous computer scientists.

Larry Page Larry Page
American

Sergey Brin Sergey Brin
Russian, American

Gabe Newell Gabe Newell
American

Alan Kay Alan Kay
American
Judea Pearl Judea Pearl
Israeli, American

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American

John CarmackJohn Carmack
American
Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American

Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
American
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish

Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American

George HotzGeorge Hotz
American
Vitalik ButerinVitalik Buterin
Russian

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American
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Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
American
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American

David GelernterDavid Gelernter
American

Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
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Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African

Tony HoareTony Hoare
British

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American

Tony HsiehTony Hsieh
American
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American

Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
Israeli

David PackardDavid Packard
American
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian

Max LevchinMax Levchin
American
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

David FiloDavid Filo
American

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
American

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American

Gary KildallGary Kildall
American
Lynn ConwayLynn Conway
American

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American
Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
American

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American

Fei-Fei LiFei-Fei Li
American
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American

Nick SzaboNick Szabo
American
Leonard KleinrockLeonard Kleinrock
American

Nathan BlecharczykNathan Blecharczyk
American
Rob PikeRob Pike
Canadian

Robin LiRobin Li
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Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American
Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
American
Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
American

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Spanish

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss

Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American

Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
German, American
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American

Jef RaskinJef Raskin
American
Jon PostelJon Postel
American
Don NormanDon Norman
American