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.

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)
Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
(American)

Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)
Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)
George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)

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John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)

Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)

James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian,American)
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch)
Mark AdlerMark Adler
(American)

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)
Avie TevanianAvie Tevanian
(American)

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)

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Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)
Jeff MinterJeff Minter
(British)

Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)
Paul VixiePaul Vixie
(American)
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
(American)

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)
Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
David PackardDavid Packard
(American)
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)

David FiloDavid Filo
(American)
Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)

Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)
Don NormanDon Norman
(American)
Erik DemaineErik Demaine
(Canadian)

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)

Robin LiRobin Li
Daphne KollerDaphne Koller
(American)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
(German,British)
Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)

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

Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)
Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Jürgen SchmidhuberJürgen Schmidhuber
(German)

Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
(American)
Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
(American)
Ian MurdockIan Murdock
(American)

Jef RaskinJef Raskin
(American)
Jon PostelJon Postel
(American)
Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
(American)