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

Walter O'BrienWalter O'Brien
Irish

Ken JenningsKen Jennings
American

Michael DellMichael Dell
American
Marvin MinskyMarvin Minsky
American

Andrew NgAndrew Ng
American
John CarmackJohn Carmack
American

Vitalik ButerinVitalik Buterin
Russian

Ronald GrahamRonald Graham
American
Jaron LanierJaron Lanier
American

Sid MeierSid Meier
Canadian, American
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Danish

Lawrence LessigLawrence Lessig
American

Stephen WolframStephen Wolfram
British
George HotzGeorge Hotz
American
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Edsger W. DijkstraEdsger W. Dijkstra
Netherlands Antilles, Dutch
James GoslingJames Gosling
Canadian, American

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
American

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
British

George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
American
Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
American

Nick BostromNick Bostrom
Swedish

Mark ShuttleworthMark Shuttleworth
British, South African

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
American

Ed BoonEd Boon
American
Max LevchinMax Levchin
American

Benoit MandelbrotBenoit Mandelbrot
French, Polish, American
Andy RubinAndy Rubin
American

Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian

Werner VogelsWerner Vogels
-
Randall MunroeRandall Munroe
American

Andy HertzfeldAndy Hertzfeld
American
Tony HsiehTony Hsieh
American

Frances E. AllenFrances E. Allen
American

Thomas J. WatsonThomas J. Watson
American

Luis von AhnLuis von Ahn
Guatemalan, American

James H. ClarkJames H. Clark
American
Matt MullenwegMatt Mullenweg
American

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Hungarian, American

Roberta WilliamsRoberta Williams
American

Pranav MistryPranav Mistry
Indian
Tony HoareTony Hoare
British
Edwin CatmullEdwin Catmull
American

Arfa KarimArfa Karim
Pakistani

David PackardDavid Packard
American

Lynn ConwayLynn Conway
American
Ward CunninghamWard Cunningham
American

Bill JoyBill Joy
American
Gary KildallGary Kildall
American

David FiloDavid Filo
American

Eric S. RaymondEric S. Raymond
American
Daniel KottkeDaniel Kottke
American

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
American
Paul BuchheitPaul Buchheit
American

Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American

Fei-Fei LiFei-Fei Li
American
Michael MoritzMichael Moritz
British

Mikhail BotvinnikMikhail Botvinnik
Russian
Clive SinclairClive Sinclair
British

Rob PikeRob Pike
Canadian

Vernor VingeVernor Vinge
American

Robin LiRobin Li
-
Nick SzaboNick Szabo
American

Daphne KollerDaphne Koller
American

Bram CohenBram Cohen
American

Andrew S. TanenbaumAndrew S. Tanenbaum
American

Sudha MurthySudha Murthy
Indian
Robert Tappan MorrisRobert Tappan Morris
American

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
American
Bruce SchneierBruce Schneier
American

Kevin RoseKevin Rose
American

Tommy FlowersTommy Flowers
British
Ted NelsonTed Nelson
American

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American
Drew HoustonDrew Houston
American

Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
German, American
Edmund McMillenEdmund McMillen
American

David GelernterDavid Gelernter
American

Leslie LamportLeslie Lamport
American
Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
Canadian, Danish

Don NormanDon Norman
American
Rashad KhalifaRashad Khalifa
American