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.

Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)
Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson
(American)
Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)

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

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)

John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)
Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)

George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)
James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian,American)
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch)

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)
Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)

Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)
Tim PatersonTim Paterson
(American)

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
David GelernterDavid Gelernter
(American)

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)
Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)

Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)
David PackardDavid Packard
(American)

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)
Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
(American)

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)
Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
(American)
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)

Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
(Israeli)
David FiloDavid Filo
(American)
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)

Jef RaskinJef Raskin
(American)
Robin LiRobin Li
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)
Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
(British)
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)

Don NormanDon Norman
(American)
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)
Larry WallLarry Wall
(American)

Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese)
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
(American)
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
(Swiss)

Jon PostelJon Postel
(American)
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
(American)
Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Erik DemaineErik Demaine
(Canadian)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)

Emilio PalmaEmilio Palma
(Argentinian)
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)
Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
(American)

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)
Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers
(British)