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.

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)
Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)

Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)
John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)

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Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)
Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)
Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)
Mark AdlerMark Adler
(American)
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)

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

Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)

Jeff MinterJeff Minter
(British)
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)

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

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)

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Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
(American)
Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)
Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)
David PackardDavid Packard
(American)

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)
Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)
David FiloDavid Filo
(American)

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)
Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)
Josh SawyerJosh Sawyer
(American)
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)
Robin LiRobin Li

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)
Jef RaskinJef Raskin
(American)
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)

Don NormanDon Norman
(American)
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese)

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)
Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
(American)
Ian MurdockIan Murdock
(American)

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
(Swiss)
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
(American)

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Erik DemaineErik Demaine
(Canadian)
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
(American)

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
(American)
Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
(British)

Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
(American)
Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
(American)
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)

Andrew ViterbiAndrew Viterbi
(Italian,American)
Emilio PalmaEmilio Palma
(Argentinian)
Peter NortonPeter Norton
(American)