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

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.

Sophie WilsonSophie Wilson
(British)
Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson
(American)
Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(German,Finnish)

Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz
(American)
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)
Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)
Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
(Dutch)

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)

Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch)
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)
James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian,American)

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)

Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)

Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
(German,British)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
Mark AdlerMark Adler
(American)
George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)

Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)
Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)
Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)

Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)
David FiloDavid Filo
(American)

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)
David PackardDavid Packard
(American)
Robin LiRobin Li

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)
Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
(American)

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)
Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)
William Redington HewlettWilliam Redington Hewlett
(American)
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)
Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
(British)

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)

Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)
Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)

Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)

Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
(American)
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Erik DemaineErik Demaine
(Canadian)
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese)

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
(Swiss)
Andrew ViterbiAndrew Viterbi
(Italian,American)
Whitfield DiffieWhitfield Diffie
(American)

Peter NorvigPeter Norvig
(American)
Larry WallLarry Wall
(American)
Don NormanDon Norman
(American)

Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
(American)
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)
Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers
(British)