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.

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson
(American)
Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz
(American)
Kim DotcomKim Dotcom
(German,Finnish)

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
(American)
Ken JenningsKen Jennings
(American)
Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
(Dutch)

Michael DellMichael Dell
(American)
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
(Indian)
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
(American)

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
(American)
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
(American)
John CarmackJohn Carmack
(American)

Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
(American)
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
(American)
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
(American)

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
(American)
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
(Danish)
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
(American)

James GoslingJames Gosling
(Canadian,American)
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
(Dutch)
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
(American)

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(British)
Sid MeierSid Meier
(Canadian,American)
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
(American)

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
(American)
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
(American)
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
(American)

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
(French,Polish,American)
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
(British,South African)
Mark AdlerMark Adler
(American)

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
(Indian)
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
(American)
George HotzGeorge Hotz
(American)

Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
(American)
Gary KildallGary Kildall
(American)
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
(American)

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
(Swedish)
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
(British)
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
(Canadian)

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
(Hungarian,American)
Tony HoareTony Hoare
(British)
Max LevchinMax Levchin
(American)

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
(American)
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
(American)

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
(American)
Robin LiRobin Li
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
(American)

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
(American)
Bill JoyBill Joy
(American)
William Redington HewlettWilliam Redington Hewlett
(American)

Arfa KarimArfa Karim
(Pakistani)
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
(American)
David PackardDavid Packard
(American)

Chris MetzenChris Metzen
(American)
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
(American)
Vijay P. BhatkarVijay P. Bhatkar
(Indian)

David FiloDavid Filo
(American)
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
(British)
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
(American)

Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
(British)
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
(American)
Ed BoonEd Boon
(American)

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
(American)
Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
(Swedish)
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
(British)

Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
(Canadian,Danish)
Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
(American)
Peter SundePeter Sunde
(Finnish,Norwegian,Swedish)

Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
(American)
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
(American)
Whitfield DiffieWhitfield Diffie
(American)

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
(American)
Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
(British,American)
Sophie WilsonSophie Wilson
(British)

Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
(Japanese)
Josh SawyerJosh Sawyer
(American)
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
(British)

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
(British)
Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
(American)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)

Larry WallLarry Wall
(American)
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
(American)
Jon PostelJon Postel
(American)

Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers
(British)
Jenova ChenJenova Chen
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
(Spanish)

Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
(Israeli)
Emilio PalmaEmilio Palma
(Argentinian)
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
(Swiss)