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.

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

Patrick Shyu Patrick Shyu
Japanese, American

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American

John CarmackJohn Carmack
American

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American
Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish
George HotzGeorge Hotz
American

Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
American

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
American
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
American

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American

Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British

Robin LiRobin Li
-
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

David GelernterDavid Gelernter
American

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African

Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American
Tony HoareTony Hoare
British

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
American

Max LevchinMax Levchin
American
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
David PackardDavid Packard
American

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American

Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
American

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
German, British

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian

David FiloDavid Filo
American
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British

Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
Israeli
Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
American

Gary KildallGary Kildall
American
Lynn ConwayLynn Conway
American

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Spanish
Ed BoonEd Boon
American

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American

Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British

Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss

Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
American

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
British

Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
Israeli

Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American
Raj ReddyRaj Reddy
Indian, American

Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
American
Jon PostelJon Postel
American

Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers
British
Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
Japanese