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.
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

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American
Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
American
Michael DellMichael Dell
American
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American
George HotzGeorge Hotz
American

James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
American

John CarmackJohn Carmack
American
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
American
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
American
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American
Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
American
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American
Avie TevanianAvie Tevanian
American

Tony HoareTony Hoare
British
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American
Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-

Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American
David PackardDavid Packard
American
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American
Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
German, British
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British

Erik DemaineErik Demaine
Canadian
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American
Gary KildallGary Kildall
American
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American

Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
Israeli
David FiloDavid Filo
American
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Spanish

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
American
Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American

Robin LiRobin Li
-
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British

Mark AdlerMark Adler
American
Jürgen SchmidhuberJürgen Schmidhuber
German
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American
Don NormanDon Norman
American
Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
Swedish
Seymour CraySeymour Cray
American
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
Japanese

Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
American
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
British
Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
Canadian, Danish
Emilio PalmaEmilio Palma
Argentinian

Andrew ViterbiAndrew Viterbi
Italian, American
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
American
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American

Larry WallLarry Wall
American
Ian MurdockIan Murdock
American
Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
American
Peter NorvigPeter Norvig
American