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
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian
Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
John CarmackJohn Carmack
American
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American

Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
American
Claude ShannonClaude Shannon
American
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
American
George HotzGeorge Hotz
American
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish
Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American
Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American

Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Dutch
Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American
Steve ShirleySteve Shirley
German, British
Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African
Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American
Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American
Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
American

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American
Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American
Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-
Tony HoareTony Hoare
British
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American

David PackardDavid Packard
American
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American
Chris MetzenChris Metzen
American
Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian
Bill JoyBill Joy
American

David FiloDavid Filo
American
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American
John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Spanish

Gary KildallGary Kildall
American
Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British
Erik DemaineErik Demaine
Canadian

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American
Robin LiRobin Li
-
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
British
Seymour CraySeymour Cray
American

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American
Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American
Avie TevanianAvie Tevanian
American

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss
Adi ShamirAdi Shamir
Israeli
Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
American

Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
Japanese
Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
Canadian, Danish
Peter SundePeter Sunde
Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

Tom HallTom Hall
American
Don NormanDon Norman
American
Nicholas NegroponteNicholas Negroponte
American
Daniel J. BernsteinDaniel J. Bernstein
American

Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American
Ian MurdockIan Murdock
American
Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
American

Gottfrid SvartholmGottfrid Svartholm
Swedish
Jürgen SchmidhuberJürgen Schmidhuber
German
Larry WallLarry Wall
American
Jef RaskinJef Raskin
American