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

John CarmackJohn Carmack
American

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American

Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
American
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
American

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch

George HotzGeorge Hotz
American

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American
Vitalik ButerinVitalik Buterin
Russian
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Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
American
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
Robin LiRobin Li
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Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British

Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

David GelernterDavid Gelernter
American
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
American

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American

Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African
Tony HoareTony Hoare
British

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American
Tony HsiehTony Hsieh
American

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American
David PackardDavid Packard
American

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American
Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
American
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-

Bill JoyBill Joy
American

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian

David FiloDavid Filo
American
Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
American

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
American
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
German, British

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British

Gary KildallGary Kildall
American

Fei-Fei LiFei-Fei Li
American
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American

Nick SzaboNick Szabo
American
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American

Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
Israeli
Nathan BlecharczykNathan Blecharczyk
American
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British

Rob PikeRob Pike
Canadian

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Spanish
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss

Lynn ConwayLynn Conway
American

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
German, American

Jon PostelJon Postel
American
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American

Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Don NormanDon Norman
American
Drew HoustonDrew Houston
American