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 Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 2 Gottfrid Svartholm

Gottfrid Svartholm
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

 3 Peter Sunde

Peter Sunde
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Politician
Birthdate: September 13, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

 4 Fredrik Neij

Fredrik Neij
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Famous As: Engineer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: April 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Swedish
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 5 Alan Turing

Alan Turing
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 7, 1954

Regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing was a distinguished mathematician and logician. During WWII, he successfully broke the challenging German Enigma machine codes thereby reducing the duration of war by a couple of years. The scientist, who was convicted for being gay, has been an inspiration for numerous films, plays and novels.

 6 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
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Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 7 Larry Page

Larry Page
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Famous As: Co-founder of Google
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Larry Page is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. As one of the co-founders of the multinational technology company Google, Larry Page effectively changed the way the world functions today as Google is a synonym for a search engine in many parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, he became a billionaire after co-founding Google.

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 8 Benoit Mandelbrot

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Famous As: Mathematician, Economist, Professor, Scientist, Writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: November 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Polish, American
Died: October 14, 2010
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 9 Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings
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Famous As: Software engineer, Blogger, Non-fiction writer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 10 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Russian, American
Google co-founder Sergey Brin also served as the president of Alphabet Inc. The seventh-richest person in the world as of 2020, Brin earlier dropped his PhD plans at Stanford, following which he and Larry Page launched Google in a garage. He is a devoted philanthropist and a Democratic Party donor.
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 11 Tim Berners-Lee

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Famous As: Inventor of the World Wide Web
Birthdate: June 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Widely known as ten inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee made the first communication between an HTTP client and server through the internet in 1989. He is associated with various organizations, such as the W3C and the World Wide Web Foundation, and has received the knighthood, too.

 12 Walter O'Brien

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Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: February 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish
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 13 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.

 14 Jaron Lanier

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Famous As: Computer scientist, Composer, Programmer, Writer, Essayist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 15 Sudha Murthy

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Famous As: Author, Social worker, Computer scientist, Children's writer
Birthdate: August 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 16 Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 17 Guido van Rossum

Guido van Rossum
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Famous As: Programmer
Birthdate: January 31, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Dutch

 18 George Dantzig

George Dantzig
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, Statistician
Birthdate: November 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 13, 2005
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 19 Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 1992

 20 George Hotz

George Hotz
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Famous As: Blogger, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 21 Vitalik Buterin

Vitalik Buterin
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: January 31, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Russian

 22 Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 2011
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 23 Michael Dell

Michael Dell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Financier, Businessperson, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 24 John Carmack

John Carmack
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Famous As: Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 25 Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman
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Famous As: Software Programmer
Birthdate: March 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 26 Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng
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Famous As: artificial intelligence researcher, computer scientist
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Nationality: American

 27 Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 28 Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 29 Raymond Kurzweil

Raymond Kurzweil
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Famous As: American author
Birthdate: February 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 30 James Gosling

James Gosling
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Famous As: Programmer, Inventor, Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian, American
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 31 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

 32 Donald Knuth

Donald Knuth
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: January 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 33 David Filo

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

 34 Bjarne Stroustrup

Bjarne Stroustrup
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Engineer, Scientist, Programmer, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: December 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Danish

 35 Jeff Dean

Jeff Dean
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Famous As: computer scientist, software engineer
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Nationality: American

 36 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
Died: August 6, 2002

 37 Max Levchin

Max Levchin
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Birthdate: July 11, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 38 Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Computer scientist, Businessperson, University teacher, Patent inventor, Writer
Birthdate: August 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 39 Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig
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Famous As: Jurist, Activist, Lawyer, Non-fiction writer, Computer scientist, Politician, Professor
Birthdate: June 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Sid Meier

Sid Meier
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Famous As: Video game producer, Engineer, Video game designer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American

 41 Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky
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Famous As: Mathematician, Computer scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 9, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 24, 2016

 42 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: November 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 46 Alexey Pazhitnov

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

 47 Ed Boon

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

 48 Bram Cohen

Bram Cohen
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Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer, Blogger
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 49 Nick Bostrom

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

 50 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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