Computer Scientists

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.
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 1 Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto
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Famous As: Video Game Designer, Artist
Birthdate: November 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind games such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Donkey Kong. He has been the general manager and senior MD at Nintendo and now serves as its representative director and creative fellow. He avoids appearing on TV or giving autographs.

 2 Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: February 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 3 Sudha Murty

Sudha Murty
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 4 Arfa Karim

Arfa Karim
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: January 14, 2012
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 5 Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 6 Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Swedish
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 7 Douglas Hofstadter

Douglas Hofstadter
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 8 Pranav Mistry

Pranav Mistry
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
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 9 Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe
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Famous As: Programmer, Comics artist, Writer, Computer scientist, Physicist
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 10 Chris Metzen

Chris Metzen
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Famous As: Artist, Comics artist, Novelist, Writer, Screenwriter, Voice actor, Visual artist, Author, Computer scientist, Science fiction writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 11 John McCarthy

John McCarthy
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: September 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 2011

 12 David Filo

David Filo
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Merchant, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 13 Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1996

 14 Nick Szabo

Nick Szabo
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Nationality: American
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 15 Alexey Pazhitnov

Alexey Pazhitnov
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Famous As: Video game designer
Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian

 16 Alan Kay

Alan Kay
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: May 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 17 Thomas J. Watson

Thomas J. Watson
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 1956

 18 Ed Boon

Ed Boon
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Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 19 Edwin Catmull

Edwin Catmull
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer
Birthdate: March 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 20 James H. Clark

James H. Clark
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 21 Hilary Putnam

Hilary Putnam
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: July 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 13, 2016

 22 Tony Hoare

Tony Hoare
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
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 23 Daniel Kottke

Daniel Kottke
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer
Birthdate: April 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 24 Hans Reiser

Hans Reiser
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Famous As: Programmer, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Homicide
Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 25 Ian Murdock

Ian Murdock
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer
Birthdate: April 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2015

 26 Edmund McMillen

Edmund McMillen
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Famous As: Video game developer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 27 David Packard

David Packard
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1996

 28 Brian Kernighan

Brian Kernighan
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian
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 29 Werner Vogels

Werner Vogels
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Chief technology officer, Vice president
Birthdate: October 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra

 30 Bill Joy

Bill Joy
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Programmer
Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 31 Ward Cunningham

Ward Cunningham
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Famous As: Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 32 Drew Houston

Drew Houston
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 33 Charles Simonyi

Charles Simonyi
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Famous As: Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: September 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Hungarian, American

 34 Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, American

 35 Robin Li

Robin Li
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Businessperson, Computer scientist
Birthdate: November 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio

 36 Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick
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Famous As: Engineer, Writer, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 37 Gary Kildall

Gary Kildall
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 11, 1994

 38 Michael Moritz

Michael Moritz
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 39 Clive Sinclair

Clive Sinclair
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 40 Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer
Birthdate: April 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 41 Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Botvinnik
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Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: August 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian
Died: May 5, 1995

 42 Eric S. Raymond

Eric S. Raymond
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Famous As: Software developer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Lawyer, Computer scientist, Journalist
Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 43 Rob Pike

Rob Pike
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Famous As: Software engineer
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 44 Luis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Guatemalan, American

 45 Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Blogger, Businessperson
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 46 Judea Pearl

Judea Pearl
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: September 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli, American

A.M. Turing Award-winning Israeli-American computer scientist Judea Pearl is known for his work on artificial intelligence and for creating the Bayesian network. He has penned several books on causality, too. He is also known as the father of Daniel Pearl, the journalist who was beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan.

 47 Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier
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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician, Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 48 Sandra Lerner

Sandra Lerner
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: 1955 AD
Nationality: American

 49 Leslie Lamport

Leslie Lamport
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Programmer, Engineer, Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 50 Edgar F. Codd

Edgar F. Codd
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: April 18, 2003
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