Programmer computer pioneers

Below is a listing of computer pioneers that have been tagged as a Programmer. Clicking on any of the below links will open the biography for that person.

Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz
American computer programmer, writer, and Internet activist.
Category: Convict, Editor, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace
World's first computer programmer.
Category: Female, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Adele GoldbergAdele Goldberg
Computer scientist who helped develop Smalltalk.
Category: Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Al LoweAl Lowe
American programmer, and game designer known for the Leisure Suit Larry game series.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Alain ColmerauerAlain Colmerauer
One of the earliest linguistic formalisms used in the development of the TAUM-METEO machine.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Alan CooperAlan Cooper
Father of Visual Basic.
Category: Father, Programmer, and Writer
Alan CoxAlan Cox
Linux developer and Free Software Foundation award recipient.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Alan KayAlan Kay
Computer pioneer who help create the idea of a laptop computer, GUI, Ethernet, Laser Printing, and Smalltalk.
Category: Hacker, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Alan MillerAlan Miller
Pioneer and influential figure in the video game industry and early game designer and programmer for Atari 2600 games
Category: Programmer and Writer
Alan PerlisAlan Perlis
Well known and respected computer scientist known for his work with computer programming languages.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Alexey IvanovAlexey Ivanov
Russian computer programmer and hacker.
Category: Convict, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Alexey LyapunovAlexey Lyapunov
Soviet mathematician and pioneer of computer science.
Category: Founder, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Alfred AhoAlfred Aho
Canadian computer scientist and author known for the Aho-Corasick string matching algorithm.
Category: President, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
Founder of theoretical computer science
Category: Founder, Logician, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Amy BriggsAmy Briggs
American computer programmer and interactive fiction game creator.
Category: Engineer, Female, Programmer, and Writer
Anders HejlsbergAnders Hejlsberg
Author of Turbo Pascal and chief architect of Delphi.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Andi GutmansAndi Gutmans
Israeli programmer and entrepreneur and PHP developer (created PHP 3 in 1997).
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Andreas RaabAndreas Raab
German computer scientist who developed new concepts and applications in 3D graphics and Key contributor to the Squeak platform
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Andrei ErshovAndrei Ershov
Pioneer in the field of theoretical and systems programming.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Andrew PlotkinAndrew Plotkin
Interactive fiction writer known as Zarf.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Anthony BarrAnthony Barr
Computer programming language designer, software engineer, and inventor.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Arthur SamuelArthur Samuel
Big contributor to the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and one of the first to use hash tables.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Barbara LiskovBarbara Liskov
First women in the United States to be awarded a Ph.D. from a computer science department.
Category: Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Bernard GallerBernard Galler
American mathematician and computer scientist who worked in developing large-scale operating systems and computer languages.
Category: Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Bertrand MeyerBertrand Meyer
Author, and consultant who created the Eiffel programming language.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Bill DuvallBill Duvall
Receiver of the first computer network communication, ARPANET.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Bill GatesBill Gates
Founder of Microsoft.
Category: CEO, Founder, President, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Bill GosperBill Gosper
American mathematician and programmer and one of the founders of the hacker community along with Richard Greenblatt.
Category: Founder, Hacker, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Bill KendrickBill Kendrick
American software developer known for creating and maintaining Tux Paint.
Category: Editor, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Bjarne StroustrupBjarne Stroustrup
Computer scientist, known as the creator of the C++ computer programming language.
Category: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Brad FitzpatrickBrad Fitzpatrick
Creator of LiveJournal and author of a variety of free software projects such as OpenID and memcached.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Bram CohenBram Cohen
Author of the P2P BitTorrent protocol.
Category: Founder, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Brendan EichBrendan Eich
Programmer and creator of JavaScript.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Brian FargoBrian Fargo
Producer, programmer, executive, and founder of developers Interplay Entertainment.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Brian FoxBrian Fox
Entrepreneur, free software supporter, and original author of the GNU Bash shell.
Category: African American, Entrepreneur, Programmer, and Writer
Brian KernighanBrian Kernighan
Canadian computer scientist who coined the term Unix and helped with the development of Unix, AWK, and AMPL.
Category: Coined, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Brian ReynoldsBrian Reynolds
American videogame designer known for his online social games on Facebook.
Category: CEO, Chairman, Director, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Bruce EckelBruce Eckel
Author and lecturer who has written numerous books and articles on computer programming.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Butler LampsonButler Lampson
Computer scientist who help with the development of the first personal computer.
Category: Founder, Hacker, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Carl SassenrathCarl Sassenrath
Designer of operation systems and computer programming languages.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Carol ShawCarol Shaw
American Software Engineer and first female video game designer.
Category: Engineer, Female, Programmer, and Writer
Chandu ThotaChandu Thota
Computer engineer, author, and entrepreneur.
Category: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Programmer, and Writer
Charles BachmanCharles Bachman
Computer scientist known for his work in computer databases.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Charles HamblinCharles Hamblin
Australian philosopher, logician, and computer pioneer who is known for the introduction of Reverse Polish Notation.
Category: Logician, Programmer, and Writer
Charles HoareCharles Hoare
Computer scientist who developed the Quicksort algorithm.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Charles MooreCharles Moore
Inventor and developer of the Forth programming language.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
Software executive who oversaw the creation of Microsoft Office.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Charley KlineCharley Kline
Sent the first letters of the word 'LOGIN' to start Computer Networking.
Category: Investor, Manager, Programmer, and Writer
Christopher StracheyChristopher Strachey
British scientist known for CPL and Fundamental Concepts in Programming Languages.
Category: Coined, Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Christopher WeaverChristopher Weaver
Software developer and game programmer and contributor to the real-time sports simulation technology.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, President, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Cleve MolerCleve Moler
American computer programmer and inventor of MATLAB.
Category: Chairman, Inventor, Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Corrado BohmCorrado Bohm
Computer scientist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Rome.
Category: Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Craig ReynoldsCraig Reynolds
Creator of Boids artificial life simulation.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Cuthbert HurdCuthbert Hurd
Computer scientist who helped IBM develop the first general-purpose computer.
Category: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Danese CooperDanese Cooper
Open source diva and American computer programmer.
Category: Director, Female, Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Daniel FriedmanDaniel Friedman
American computer scientist, author and programming language researcher.
Category: Editor, Professor, Programmer, Researcher, Scientist, and Writer
Daniel IngallsDaniel Ingalls
Pioneer of object-oriented computer programming.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Daniel MccrackenDaniel Mccracken
American Computer scientist, pioneer, and programmer.
Category: Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
David BradleyDavid Bradley
Developer of the three finger salute.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
David CraneDavid Crane
Making games for the Atari 2600
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
David FiloDavid Filo
Co- founder of Yahoo!.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
David HanssonDavid Hansson
Danish computer programmer and creator of Ruby on Rails web development framework and the Instiki wiki.
Category: Hacker, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
David HuffmanDavid Huffman
Computer science pioneer known for his Huffman coding.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
David ParnasDavid Parnas
Pioneer of software engineering.
Category: Programmer and Writer
David YoungDavid Young
American computer scientist and mathematician.
Category: Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Demis HassabisDemis Hassabis
British artificial intelligence researcher, neuroscientist, computer game designer and gamer.
Category: Founder, Gamer, Programmer, Researcher, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Dennis RitchieDennis Ritchie
Creator of the C programming language and developer of UNIX.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Dimitri BertsekasDimitri Bertsekas
Applied mathematician and computer scientist known for Convex optimization and Approximate Dynamic Programming.
Category: Mathematician, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Don SymeDon Syme
Australian born computer scientist and creator of the F# programming language.
Category: Programmer, Researcher, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Donald BitzerDonald Bitzer
American electrical engineer and computer scientist and Father of PLATO.
Category: Engineer, Father, Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Donald KnuthDonald Knuth
Father of analysis of algorithms, creator of the TeX computer typesetting system and metafont font.
Category: Father, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Douglas CrockfordDouglas Crockford
Influential American computer programmer
Category: Programmer and Writer
Douglas McllroyDouglas Mcllroy
Computer programmer, mathematician and engineer who develops Unix pipelines.
Category: Chairman, Editor, Engineer, Mathematician, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Douglas RossDouglas Ross
Computer scientist pioneer who is known for the term CAD and as the father of APT.
Category: Chairman, Engineer, Father, Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Dries BuytaertDries Buytaert
Open-source software programmer known as founder and lead developer of the Drupal CMS (Content Management System).
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Edmund BerkeleyEdmund Berkeley
Co-founder of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Category: Founder, Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Edsger DijkstraEdsger Dijkstra
Developer of ALGOL and the shortest path algorithm.
Category: Editor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Edward ShortliffeEdward Shortliffe
Canadian-born American physician and computer scientist known for his work in artificial intelligence in medicine.
Category: Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Edward YourdonEdward Yourdon
Developer of structured analysis technique.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Eric BinaEric Bina
Co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Eric ChahiEric Chahi
Computer game designer and programming language author
Category: Programmer and Writer
Eric RaymondEric Raymond
American computer programmer, author, and open source software advocate.
Category: Hacker, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Evelyn GranvilleEvelyn Granville
One of the first African-American women to receive a Ph.D in mathematics.
Category: African American, Programmer, and Writer
Fernando CorbatoFernando Corbato
Computer scientist and pioneer of time-sharing operating systems that helped inspire Unix and other operating systems.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Frances AllenFrances Allen
American computer scientist and pioneer in the field of optimizing compilers.
Category: Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Friedrich BauerFriedrich Bauer
Computer scientist known for data structure that helped developed the programming languages ALGOL 58 and ALGOL 60.
Category: Coined, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Gary RobinsonGary Robinson
American software engineer, inventor and computer programmer known for fighting spam.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
George DantzigGeorge Dantzig
Mathematical scientist best known for linear programming.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
George NeculaGeorge Necula
Best known for his Ph.D. thesis work first describing proof-carrying code.
Category: Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Georgy Adelson-velskyGeorgy Adelson-velsky
Soviet computer scientist who helped invent the AVL tree and the development of chess programming.
Category: Inventor, Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Gerald WeinbergGerald Weinberg
American computer scientist, author, and teacher.
Category: Founder, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Gordon FrenchGordon French
Computer programmer and engineer who co-founded the Homebrew Computer Club.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Personality, Programmer, and Writer
Grace HopperGrace Hopper
Female officer who extended the meaning of debug and is erroneously credited as coining the term bug.
Category: Female, Inventor, President, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Guido Van RossumGuido Van Rossum
Author of the Python programming language.
Category: Engineer, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Guy SteeleGuy Steele
Often referred to as The Great Quux.
Category: Hacker, Programmer, Researcher, Scientist, and Writer
Hans AnvinHans Anvin
Swedish computer programmer known for his contributions to free and open source projects.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Hans ReiserHans Reiser
American computer programmer, creator of ReiserFS computer file system and convicted murderer.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Harlan MillsHarlan Mills
Founder of Software Engineering Technology, Inc.
Category: Founder, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Haskell CurryHaskell Curry
Pioneer of combinatorial logic
Category: Logician, Mathematician, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Heinz ZemanekHeinz Zemanek
Austrian computer pioneer best known for developing the first transistorized computer on the European continent.
Category: Manager, Programmer, and Writer
Herb SchildtHerb Schildt
American computer programmer and computing author.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Herb SutterHerb Sutter
Prominent C++ expert, book author, and columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Hermann BottenbruchHermann Bottenbruch
Co-author of the computer programming language ALGOL 58.
Category: Coined, Programmer, and Writer
Howard CunninghamHoward Cunningham
American programmer who developed the first wiki.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Ivan SutherlandIvan Sutherland
Inventor of the Sketchpad and co-founder of Evans and Sutherland.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
James GoslingJames Gosling
Father of the Java programming language.
Category: Father, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Jane JensenJane Jensen
American game designer and writer known for the Gabriel Knight adventure games.
Category: Director, Father, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Jarkko OikarinenJarkko Oikarinen
Initial developer of IRC.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Jean BartikJean Bartik
One of the world's first computers and computer programmers.
Category: Female, Programmer, and Writer
Jean SammetJean Sammet
American computer scientist who developed the FORMAC programming language.
Category: Engineer, Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Jef RaskinJef Raskin
Known for starting the Macintosh project for Apple in the late 1970's.
Category: Manager, Programmer, and Writer
Jeffrey UllmanJeffrey Ullman
Computer scientist, author and professor at Stanford University.
Category: Analyst, Founder, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Jim HallJim Hall
Computer Programmer and Advocate for free software known for his work on FreeDOS.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Joe OssannaJoe Ossanna
Electrical engineer and computer programmer known for his work with Unix operation system.
Category: Engineer, Programmer, and Writer
John BackusJohn Backus
Directory of the team that created the first high-level programming language (FORTRAN)
Category: Director, Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
John CarmackJohn Carmack
American game programmer and founder of Id Software.
Category: Director, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
John DraperJohn Draper
Programmer phone phreak.
Category: Programmer and Writer
John KemenyJohn Kemeny
Hungarian American mathematician, computer scientist and co-developer of the BASIC computer programming language.
Category: Mathematician, President, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
John MauchlyJohn Mauchly
American physicist who helped develop the ENIAC, EDVAC, BINAC, and UNIVAC I.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Physicist, Programmer, and Writer
John McafeeJohn Mcafee
American computer programmer and founder of McAfee and one of the first to design anti-virus software
Category: Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
John MccarthyJohn Mccarthy
American computer scientist who coined the term artificial intelligence (AI) and created Lisp.
Category: Coined, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
John OusterhoutJohn Ousterhout
Professor of computer science at University of California where he created Tcl scripting language and Tk platform.
Category: Chairman, Founder, President, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
John ResigJohn Resig
Computer programmer and entrepreneur known as the creator and lead developer of the jQuery JavaScript library.
Category: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
John RomeroJohn Romero
Co-founder of id Software and designer for many of their games, including Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, Doom, and Quake.
Category: Director, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
John VittalJohn Vittal
Computer programmer who's credited with transforming the old email system into the highly user-friendly tool.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
John WalkerJohn Walker
Inc as well as Co-author of AutoCAD.
Category: Founder, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Joseph WeizenbaumJoseph Weizenbaum
German-American author, professor emeritus of computer science at MIT who helped create MICR and created ELIZA.
Category: Inventor, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Julian AssangeJulian Assange
Editor, activist, computer programmer, and hacker best known as the founder of WikiLeaks.
Category: Editor, Founder, Hacker, Inventor, Personality, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Justin FrankelJustin Frankel
American computer programmer best known for his work on the Winamp media player application
Category: Founder, Inventor, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Kathleen AntonelliKathleen Antonelli
One of the six original programmers of the ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.
Category: Female, Programmer, and Writer
Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
Developer of Unix, B programming language, and Multics.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Ken WilliamsKen Williams
Co-founder of On-Live System, which later became Sierra On-Line.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Kenneth IversonKenneth Iverson
Canadian computer scientist noted for the development of the APL programming language in 1962
Category: Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Kimberly BryantKimberly Bryant
Senior biotech manager and founder of Black Girls Code
Category: African American, Founder, Manager, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Kirk LaflerKirk Lafler
American engineer, programmer, author, entrepreneur, consultant, and founder of Software Intelligence Corporation.
Category: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Klaus SamelsonKlaus Samelson
German mathematician, physicist, and computer pioneer in the area of programming language translation.
Category: Mathematician, Physicist, Programmer, and Writer
Konrad ZuseKonrad Zuse
Developer of the Z1, the first programmable computer.
Category: Father, Programmer, and Writer
Kristen NygaardKristen Nygaard
Computer scientist who developed SIMULA I and SIMULA-67 - the first object-oriented programming languages.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Larry RobertsLarry Roberts
Creator of the ARPANET (predecessor to the modern Internet)
Category: Chairman, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Larry TeslerLarry Tesler
American computer scientist and inventor of Copy and Paste.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Larry WallLarry Wall
Original developer of Perl.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Laszlo KalmarLaszlo Kalmar
Hungarian mathematician considered the founder of mathematical logic and theoretical computer science.
Category: Founder, Mathematician, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Laurie HendrenLaurie Hendren
Pioneer in the field of compiler and object-oriented programming language analysis.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Leonid KhachiyanLeonid Khachiyan
Soviet mathematician who helped advance the field of linear programming.
Category: Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Lois HaibtLois Haibt
Computer scientist known for being a member of the ten-person team at IBM that developed FORTRAN.
Category: Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Lorinda CherryLorinda Cherry
Computer programmer who worked at Bell Labs as an assembly language programmer.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Lou MontulliLou Montulli
Programmer known for his work in producing web browsers, namely Lynx and Netscape
Category: Engineer, Founder, Personality, Programmer, and Writer
Malcolm McilroyMalcolm Mcilroy
Mathematician, engineer, and programmer known for Unix pipelines and software componentry.
Category: Engineer, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Marc CanterMarc Canter
CEO of Broadband Mechanics and previously founder of MacroMind, the company that became Macromedia.
Category: CEO, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Mark AbeneMark Abene
Infosec expert, computer programmer, cryptographer, and hacker.
Category: Convict, Founder, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Mark CrispinMark Crispin
Which he invented in 1985.
Category: Father, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Mark KriegsmanMark Kriegsman
American entrepreneur, computer programmer, inventor, writer, and Director of Engineering at Veracode.
Category: Director, Entrepreneur, Founder, Inventor, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Mark MccahillMark Mccahill
American programmer who has been involved in developing and popularizing a number of Internet technologies
Category: Programmer and Writer
Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg
Co-creator of Facebook.
Category: Entrepreneur, Programmer, and Writer
Markus PerssonMarkus Persson
Developer of the game Minecraft.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Marlyn WescoffMarlyn Wescoff
One of the original programmers for the ENIAC computer
Category: Female, Programmer, and Writer
Martin FowlerMartin Fowler
Pioneer of modern software development techniques.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Martin OderskyMartin Odersky
German computer scientist and Professor of programming methods at EPFL in Switzerland who Specializes in code analysis.
Category: Professor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Maurice WilkesMaurice Wilkes
British computer scientist credited with several important developments in computing specifically microcomputing.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Miguel IcazaMiguel Icaza
Mexican free software programmer, best known for starting the GNOME and Mono projects.
Category: Manager, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Mike BerlynMike Berlyn
American video game designer and writer.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Muni SakyaMuni Sakya
Nepalese computer programmer credited with helping bring Information Technology to Nepal.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Nathan RochesterNathan Rochester
Designer of the IBM 701, programmer of the first assembler, and helped create the artificial intelligence field.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Nathaniel BorensteinNathaniel Borenstein
American computer scientist and one of the original designers of the MIME protocol
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Niklaus WirthNiklaus Wirth
Computer scientist who programmed the Pascal language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Ole-johan DahlOle-johan Dahl
Norwegian computer scientist considered to be one of the fathers of Simula and object-oriented programming
Category: Father, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Owen MockOwen Mock
Computer software designer and programmer who pioneered computer operating systems in the 1950s
Category: Programmer and Writer
Patrick GelsingerPatrick Gelsinger
Chief Executive Officer at VMware and former President and Chief Operating Officer at EMC Corporation.
Category: President, Programmer, and Writer
Patrick VolkerdingPatrick Volkerding
Software engineer and founder of the Slackware Linux distribution.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Manager, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Paul CressPaul Cress
Canadian computer scientist who led a team of programmers developing Fortran language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Paul GrahamPaul Graham
Venture capitalist, and essayist Known for his work on Lisp (a family of computer programming languages).
Category: Founder, Hacker, Investor, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Paul LaughtonPaul Laughton
Former systems programmer for IBM one of Apple Computers first programmers.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Per HansenPer Hansen
Danish-American computer scientist known for concurrent programming theory.
Category: Coined, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Peter LandinPeter Landin
British computer scientist who was first to realize that the lambda calculus could be used in programming.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Peter MolyneuxPeter Molyneux
English video game designer and game programmer.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Peter NaurPeter Naur
Danish pioneer in computer science and programmer.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Peter NortonPeter Norton
American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Peter NorvigPeter Norvig
Pioneer of Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence.
Category: Director, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Peter WeinbergerPeter Weinberger
Computer scientist who helped write the AWK programming language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Phil FarrandPhil Farrand
American computer programmer, webmaster, and author.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Phil FishPhil Fish
French-Canadian game designer working with Polytron and creator of the game Fez.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Phillip KatzPhillip Katz
Computer programmer known as the co-creator of the Zip file format.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Pieter AbeelePieter Abeele
Computer programmer and founder of the PowerPC-version of Gentoo Linux.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Rajeev SangalRajeev Sangal
Professor and author Known for his work in processing of human languages in Computational Paninian Grammar (CPG) framework.
Category: Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Ralph GriswoldRalph Griswold
American computer scientist noted for his research into high-level programming languages and symbolic computation.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Randy WiggintonRandy Wigginton
Programmer and one of Apple Computer's first employee number 6.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Rasmus LerdorfRasmus Lerdorf
Danish programmer with Canadian citizenship best known as the creator of the PHP scripting language.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Ray TomlinsonRay Tomlinson
American programmer who implemented an email system on the ARPANET.
Category: Personality, Programmer, and Writer
Richard BrodieRichard Brodie
Author Original creator of Microsoft Word.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Richard CrandallRichard Crandall
Chief Scientist at NeXT Inc. and Apple's Chief Cryptographer
Category: Physicist, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Richard GreenblattRichard Greenblatt
American computer programmer and one of the founders of the hacker community along with Bill Gosper.
Category: Founder, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Richard HammingRichard Hamming
American mathematician and author who invented Hamming codes - computer error-detecting and correcting codes.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Mathematician, President, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Richard SkrentaRichard Skrenta
Computer programmer and creator of search engine blekko.
Category: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
American software freedom activist and computer programmer who launched the GNU project.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Rob BarnabyRob Barnaby
Computer programmer, author and developer of the word processor Wordstar.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Rob HartillRob Hartill
Web designer and computer programmer Known for his work on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) website.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Robert BartonRobert Barton
Known as the chief architect of the Burroughs B5000 and other computers such as the B1700 as well as the co-inventor of dataflow.
Category: Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Robert GentlemanRobert Gentleman
Canadian statistician known as one of the creators of the R (programming language).
Category: Director, Professor, Programmer, Researcher, and Writer
Robert GriesemerRobert Griesemer
Computer programmer who works at Google and one of the first designers of the Go programming language.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Robert MartinRobert Martin
Consulting firm that specializes in training clients in Java, C++, OOP.
Category: Editor, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Robert PikeRobert Pike
Canadian software engineer and author known for his work with Plan 9 at Bell Labs.
Category: Editor, Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Roger HuiRoger Hui
Computer scientist and Co-developer of the J Programming Language and recipient of the Kenneth E. Iverson Award
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Ross IhakaRoss Ihaka
Associate Professor of Statistics and one of the creators of the R programming language.
Category: Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Saul RosenSaul Rosen
Lead software designer for the world's first transistorized computer, the Philco TRANSAC S-2000.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Sebastian ThrunSebastian Thrun
Founder of Google X, home to projects like the Google self-driving car and Google Glass.
Category: CEO, Founder, Professor, Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Seymour CraySeymour Cray
Founder of Cray.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Seymour PapertSeymour Papert
MIT mathematician and educator and one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence.
Category: Inventor, Mathematician, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
Computer programmer and co-founder of Napster.
Category: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder, Investor, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Sidney MeierSidney Meier
Canadian programmer and video game designer known for video game Civilization.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Simon PhippsSimon Phipps
And open source advocate and founder of IBM's Java Technology Center.
Category: CEO, Founder, President, Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Simon TravagliaSimon Travaglia
Author of BOFH (the Bastard Operator from Hell) series.
Category: Analyst, Programmer, and Writer
Stephen DunwellStephen Dunwell
American Electrical Engineer who led the engineering effort in the development of IBM's STRETCH
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Steve CappsSteve Capps
American computer programmer and engineer known for his work on the Apple Inc. Macintosh computer and Newton OS during the 1980s and 1990s.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Steve MannSteve Mann
Researcher and inventor known for his work on computational photography and wearable computing.
Category: Editor, Father, Inventor, Programmer, Researcher, Twitter, and Writer
Steve RussellSteve Russell
Computer scientist who helped create Spacewar! one of the earliest videogames.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Steven PunterSteven Punter
Also known as Punter or Old Punter.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Stu GalleyStu Galley
American computer programmer and interactive fiction game author.
Category: Editor, Programmer, and Writer
Stuart CheshireStuart Cheshire
Senior Scientist at Apple Computer and author of Mac multi-player game Bolo who Pioneered Zeroconf networking
Category: Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
T JonesT Jones
American software engineer, computer programmer, entrepreneur, and author.
Category: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Programmer, and Writer
Thomas KurtzThomas Kurtz
Co-developer of the BASIC computer programming language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Tom JenningsTom Jennings
Technician, and creator of FidoNet, the first file networking and message system for BBSes.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Toru IwataniToru Iwatani
World's most popular arcade game.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Valentin TurchinValentin Turchin
Soviet and American computer scientist and cybernetician who developed the Refal programming language.
Category: Father, Founder, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Vasily GorshkovVasily Gorshkov
Russian Computer programmer and hacker.
Category: Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Vinod KhoslaVinod Khosla
American businessman, billionaire and co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Category: CEO, Chairman, Founder, Investor, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Vladimir LevinVladimir Levin
Russian-born Jewish computer programmer and hacker.
Category: Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Wenmei HwuWenmei Hwu
Professor specializing in computer architecture, compiler design, parallel processing and computer microarchitecture.
Category: Chairman, Director, Engineer, Professor, Programmer, and Writer
Wietse VenemaWietse Venema
Dutch programmer, physicist and Google software engineer.
Category: Engineer, Personality, Physicist, Programmer, and Writer
William StevensWilliam Stevens
Author of computer science books, in particular books on UNIX and TCP/IP.
Category: President, Programmer, and Writer
Yukihiro MatsumotoYukihiro Matsumoto
Japanese computer scientist and software programmer known as the lead designer of the Ruby programming language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Zeev SuraskiZeev Suraski
Server-side scripting computer programming language
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer

Computer Pioneers