Famous Computer Scientists

This is a list of famous computer scientists through the years.
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Ada Lovelace The first computer programmer Poster 
Adele Goldberg Computer scientist who participated in developing the programming language Smalltalk-80 and various concepts related to object-oriented programming while a researcher at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), in the 1970s. Poster 
Adele Goldstine A pioneer in the field of operating systems, Adele wrote the complete technical description of the first digital computer, ENIAC Poster 
Alan Turing Father of modern computing  
Anita Borg American computer scientist. She founded the Institute for Women and Technology and the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing  
Annie Easley African-American computer scientist, mathematician, and rocket scientist.  
Barbara Liskov She was one of the first women to be granted a doctorate in computer science in the United States and is a Turing Award winner who developed the Liskov substitution principle.  
Betty Holberton One of the six original programmers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer, and was the inventor of breakpoints in computer debugging.  
Bill Gates Founder of Microsoft  
Bob Kahn Co-inventor of the TCP/IP stack.  
Charles Babbage Babbage’s ‘Difference Engine’ was the Worlds first successful automatic calculator.  
Charles Hoare Inventor of the Quicksort algorithm.  
Clarence "Skip" Ellis First African-American to earn a Ph.D. in computer science. Contributed to the development of the ILLIAC IV supercomputer, icon-based GUI and object-oriented programming languages.  
Clive Sinclair Inventor of the first electronic pocket calculator and founder of Sinclair microcomputers  
Cynthia Breazeal Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is the director of the Personal Robots Group (formerly the DRobotic Life Group) at the MIT Media Laboratory. She is best known for her work in robotics where she is recognized as a pioneer of social robotics and human–robot interaction.  
Cynthia Solomon Pioneer in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer science and educational computing. Worked alongside Seymour Papert.  
Dan Bricklin Conceived and designed the first electronic spreadsheet, VISICALC, released in 1979.  
David Braben British game developer, game designer, founder and CEO of Frontier Developments plc, co-creator of the Elite series, space trading computer games, first published in 1984.  
Donald Knuth Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. He designed the TeX typesetting system and wrote ‘The Art of Computer Programming’.  
Dorothy Vaughan African American mathematician and human computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.  
Eben Upton Eben Christopher Upton CBE is a British technical director and ASIC architect for Broadcom. He is also a founder and former trustee of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and now CEO of Raspberry Pi Ltd.  
Edsger Dijkstra Dutch systems scientist, programmer, software engineer, science essayist, and early pioneer in computing science.  
Erna Schneider Hoover Invented the first electronic telephone switching method and filed one of the first every software patents.  
Evelyn Boyd Granville One of the first African-American women to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics. Joined IBM in 1956 as a computer programmer, writing software programs for the IBM 650. At IBM's Aviation Space and Information division, Granville worked on various projects for NASA's Apollo space program.  
Frances E. Allen Pioneer in Compiler research and optimisation.  
Frances Spence One of the original programmers for the ENIAC (the first digital computer). She is considered one of the first computer programmers in history.  
Gabe Newell Credited by himself as the producer of the first three editions of WindowsTM and now CEO of ‘Valve’ and 'Steam'.  
Gerald Anderson Lawson American electronic engineer, and one of the few African-American engineers in the industry at that time.  
Gladys West Gladys Mae West is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematics underpinning Global Positioning Systems (GPS).  
Gordon Moore Co-founder of Intel and protagonist of 'Moores Law'  
Grace Hopper Co-developed the Harvard Mark I computer and found the first computer bug.  
Guglielmo Marconi Inventor of the telegraph  
Hedy Lamarr Actress and pioneer in the field of wireless communications.  
Jack Kilby Co-inventor of the Integrated Circuit (Microchip) in 1958. Inventor of the handheld calculator and the Thermal Printer.  
Jean Bartik One of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer  
Jean E. Sammet Developed the FORMAC programming language and was involved in the development of COBOL.  
Jimmy Wales Jimmy Donal Wales, also known by the online moniker Jimbo, is an American Internet entrepreneur, best known as the co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia Wikipedia.  
John Backus Developed the first High Level programming language, FORTRAN, in the 1950s.  
John Carmack John D. Carmack is an American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman.  
John Henry Thompson Inventor of Lingo, a scripting language that renders visuals in computer software and former chief scientist at Macromedia.  
John Mauchly American physicist who, along with J. Presper Eckert, designed ENIAC, the first general purpose electronic digital computer, as well as EDVAC, BINAC and UNIVAC I, the first commercial computer made in the United States.  
John Presper Eckert John Adam Presper "Pres" Eckert Jr. was an American electrical engineer and computer pioneer.  
John Von Neumann Father of the ‘Stored Program Concept’.  
Jon Postel Administrator of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and editor of RFC (Request for Comment).  
Joseph Licklider ARPAnet developer  
Karen Spärck Jones British computer scientist who was responsible for the concept of inverse document frequency, a technology that underlies most modern search engines  
Katherine Johnson Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson is an African-American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. manned spaceflights.  
Kathleen Booth Wrote the first assembly language and designed the assembler and autocode for the first computer systems at Birkbeck College, University of London.  
Kay Antonelli American computer programmer and one of the six original programmers of the ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.  
Kimblery Bryant Kimberly Bryant is an African American electrical engineer who worked in the biotechnology field at Genentech, Novartis Vaccines, Diagnostics, and Merck. In 2011, Bryant founded Black Girls Code, a training course that teaches basic programming concepts to black girls who are underrepresented in technology careers.  
Konrad Zuse Inventor of the first program controlled computer, the Z3.  
Larry Page Co-founder of Google  
Linus Torvalds Finnish software engineer, chief architect of the Linux Kernal and Linux project coordinator.  
Lynn Conway She worked at IBM in the 1960s and is credited with the invention of generalized dynamic instruction handling, a key advance used in out-of-order execution, used by most modern computer processors to improve performance.  
"Maddog" John Hall Executive director of Linux International.  
Margaret Hamilton Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, which developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program.  
Marissa Mayer American information technology executive, formerly serving as the president and chief executive officer of Yahoo!  
Mark Dean Co-creator of the IBM personal computer released in 1981, the colour PC monitor, the first gigahertz chip and the ISA bus architecture.  
Mark Zuckerberg Founder of Facebook  
Marlyn Meltzer One of the six original programmers of ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.  
Marvin Minskey Artificial intelligence pioneer  
Mary Allen Wilkes Conceptualised and developed the first operating system called ‘LINC’. Considered to be the first person to use a (self-built) home computer.  
Mary Coombs recognised as being the first female commercial programmer, she was the first woman to work on the LEO computers.  
Mary Kenneth Keller American Roman Catholic religious sister, educator and pioneer in computer science. She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer science in the United States.  
Maurice Wilkes British computer scientist who designed and helped build the Electronic delay storage automatic calculator, one of the earliest stored program computers.  
Narinder Singh Kapany Invented the optical fibre  
Niklaus Wirth Developed the Pascal programming language.  
Paul Allen He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates.  
Peter Chen  Developed ‘Entity Relationship Modelling’ for relational database design.  
Phil Katz Inventor of the Zip file format and the author of ‘PKZip’ compression software.  
Radia Perlman American computer programmer and network engineer. She is most famous for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol (STP), which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges, while working for Digital Equipment Corporation.  
Ralph Baer Baer is considered "the Father of Video Games" due to his many contributions to games and the video game industry in the latter half of the 20th century. In February, 2006, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology for "his groundbreaking and pioneering creation, development and commercialisation of interactive video games, which spawned related uses, applications, and mega-industries in both the entertainment and education realms".  
Robert Metcalfe Development of computer networking and ethernet.  
Robert Noyce  Co-founder of Intel and co-inventor of the Integrated Circuit (Microchip) in 1958.  
Roy L. Clay, SR. Worked as a computer programmer at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory in California. Recruited in 1965 to set up Hewlett-Packard's computer development business, and led HP's first foray into the computer market with the 2116A Computer.  
Ruth Teitelbaum One of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer and one of the first computer programmers in the world.  
Sergey Brin Co-founder of Google  
Seymour Cray Inventor of the Cray supercomputer  
Seymour Papert Artificial intelligence pioneer and inventor of Logo programming language 10 things to do with a computer 
Shuji Nakamura Inventor of the LED  
Sophie Wilson Wilson designed the Acorn Micro-Computer, the first of a long line of computers sold by Acorn Computers Ltd, including its programming language BBC BASIC.  
Steve Jobs Co-founder of Apple Computer Inc, former CEO of Pixar and visionary behind the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad.  
Steve Wozniak American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Computer, Inc.  
Tim Berners-Lee Pioneer of the World Wide Web  
Tommy Flowers Designed the Colossus computer at Bletchley Park.  
Vint Cerf Father of the Internet, co-inventor of the TCP/IP stack and futurist.  
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