List of famous computer scientists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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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
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American

Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

John CarmackJohn Carmack
American
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American

Walter O'BrienWalter O'Brien
Irish
Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American
Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American

George HotzGeorge Hotz
American

Vitalik ButerinVitalik Buterin
Russian
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
American
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Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
Israeli
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Netherlands Antilles, Dutch

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American

Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American

Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
American
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American

Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Fei-Fei LiFei-Fei Li
American

Tony HoareTony Hoare
British
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American

Paul BuchheitPaul Buchheit
American

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian
Rashad KhalifaRashad Khalifa
American
Ed BoonEd Boon
American

Gary KildallGary Kildall
American

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American

David PackardDavid Packard
American
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British
Tony HsiehTony Hsieh
American

David FiloDavid Filo
American

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Guatemalan, American
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American

Nick SzaboNick Szabo
American
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American

Robin LiRobin Li
-

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian
Tom HallTom Hall
American

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss

Drew HoustonDrew Houston
American
Rob PikeRob Pike
Canadian

Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
American
Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
American

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American
Ted NelsonTed Nelson
American

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
German, British

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
Swedish
Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
German, American

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American

Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American

Vernor VingeVernor Vinge
American
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American