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.

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson
(American)
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)
John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)

Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(German,Finnish)
Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
(Dutch)
Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)

Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)

Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
(American)
James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian,American)
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)

Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch)
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)

Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)

George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)
Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)
Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)
Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
(American)

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)
Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)

David PackardDavid Packard
(American)
Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
(Israeli)
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)

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

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)
Mark AdlerMark Adler
(American)
Ian MurdockIan Murdock
(American)

Robin LiRobin Li
Vijay P. BhatkarVijay P. Bhatkar
(Indian)
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)
David FiloDavid Filo
(American)
Tim PatersonTim Paterson
(American)

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)

Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
(American)
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)

Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
(American)
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)

Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
(British)
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)
Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese)

Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)
Jon PostelJon Postel
(American)
Jef RaskinJef Raskin
(American)

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
(American)
Don NormanDon Norman
(American)

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
(Swiss)
David GelernterDavid Gelernter
(American)
Larry WallLarry Wall
(American)

Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)