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

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American
John CarmackJohn Carmack
American
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
American

Michael DellMichael Dell
American

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American

Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
American

Walter O'BrienWalter O'Brien
Irish
Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American

Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
American

George HotzGeorge Hotz
American
Vitalik ButerinVitalik Buterin
Russian

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American
Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Netherlands Antilles, Dutch

Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American

Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish
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Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American
Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

Daniel M. LewinDaniel M. Lewin
Israeli

Herbert A. SimonHerbert A. Simon
American
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American

Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
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Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish
Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American

Tony HoareTony Hoare
British
Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American

Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American

Tony HsiehTony Hsieh
American
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American

Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
American

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian
David PackardDavid Packard
American
Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American

Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
British

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American

Paul BuchheitPaul Buchheit
American
Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American

John Horton ConwayJohn Horton Conway
British
David FiloDavid Filo
American

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American
Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American

Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American
Gary KildallGary Kildall
American

Robert MetcalfeRobert Metcalfe
American
Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
German, American

Edgar F. CoddEdgar F. Codd
British, American

Drew HoustonDrew Houston
American

Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Swiss
Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Guatemalan, American

Lynn ConwayLynn Conway
American

Ted NelsonTed Nelson
American

Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British

Rob PikeRob Pike
Canadian
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
American

Robin LiRobin Li
-
Nick SzaboNick Szabo
American

Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American

Fei-Fei LiFei-Fei Li
American
Vernor VingeVernor Vinge
American

Jef RaskinJef Raskin
American
David GelernterDavid Gelernter
American

Kevin WarwickKevin Warwick
British
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American

Nathan BlecharczykNathan Blecharczyk
American

Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
American
Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American

Tom HallTom Hall
American
Donald DaviesDonald Davies
British