Computer People - A

Below is a listing of computer pioneers, inventors, and other people who have contributed to the computer industry that have a first or last name beginning with the letter 'A'. Clicking on any of the below links will open a biography for that person.

Aaron Greenspan
Creator of Think Computer Corporation and alleged co-inventor of Facebook.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Twitter, and Writer
Aaron Levie
American entrepreneur and co-founder and CEO of cloud company Box.
Category: CEO, Entrepreneur, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Aaron Swartz
American computer programmer, writer, and Internet activist.
Category: Convict, Editor, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Abhay Bhushan
Author of FTP.
Category: Chairman, Engineer, President, and Writer
Abraham Lempel
Father of LZ family of lossless data compression algorithms.
Category: Father, Scientist, and Writer
Ada Lovelace
World's first computer programmer.
Category: Female, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Adam Osborne
Inventor of the first portable computer.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Adele Goldberg
Computer scientist who helped develop Smalltalk.
Category: Female, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Adi Shamir
One of the co-inventors of the RSA algorithm.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Adrian Carmack
One of the founders of iD Software.
Category: Coined, Founder, and Writer
Al Alcorn
American pioneering engineer and computer scientist Known for designing the first significant video arcade game: Pong
Category: Engineer, Scientist, and Writer
Al Gore
American politician, advocate, author, philanthropist and environmental activist.
Category: Director, Founder, President, Twitter, and Writer
Al Lowe
American programmer, and game designer known for the Leisure Suit Larry game series.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Alain Colmerauer
One of the earliest linguistic formalisms used in the development of the TAUM-METEO machine.
Category: Founder, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Alain Glavieux
Co-inventor of codes that helped shape digital communication.
Category: Inventor, Professor, and Writer
Alan Cooper
Father of Visual Basic.
Category: Father, Programmer, and Writer
Alan Cox
Linux developer and Free Software Foundation award recipient.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Alan Emtage
Developer for Archie the first search engine.
Category: Twitter and Writer
Alan 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 Kotok
Computer scientist, hacker, and developer.
Category: Hacker, Scientist, and Writer
Alan 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 Perlis
Well known and respected computer scientist known for his work with computer programming languages.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Alan Schaaf
Founder of Imgur, the world's largest image hosting site
Category: Founder, Personality, Twitter, and Writer
Alan Shugart
Pioneer of the computer disk drive and founder of Seagate Technology.
Category: CEO, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder, and Writer
Alan Turing
Developer of the Turing Machine and Turing Test.
Category: Analyst, Father, Logician, Mathematician, Scientist, and Writer
Albert Einstein
Well known and respected theoretical physicist.
Category: Physicist and Writer
Albert Gonzalez
Computer hacker and computer criminal.
Category: Hacker and Writer
Albert Hull
American electrical engineer known for inventing the magnetron.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, and Writer
Alessandro Volta
Italian physicist known for the invention of the battery in the 1800s.
Category: Inventor, Physicist, and Writer
Alex Holden
Ukrainian IT researcher who found 1.2 billion stolen passwords.
Category: Hacker, Researcher, and Writer
Alexander Bain
Inventor of the electric clock.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, and Writer
Alexander Brudno
Computer scientist who discovered the alpha-beta algorithm.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Alexander Douglas
Developer of the first graphical computer game, OXO.
Category: Professor and Writer
Alexander Fraser
British-American computer scientist.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Scientist, and Writer
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor, engineer, and innovator best known for inventing the telephone.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Scientist, and Writer
Alexey Ivanov
Russian computer programmer and hacker.
Category: Convict, Hacker, Programmer, and Writer
Alexey Lyapunov
Soviet mathematician and pioneer of computer science.
Category: Founder, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Alexey Pajitnov
Inventor of Tetris.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, and Writer
Alexis Ohanian
American entrepreneur and angel investor best known for investing in Reddit.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Investor, Twitter, and Writer
Alfred Aho
Canadian computer scientist and author known for the Aho-Corasick string matching algorithm.
Category: President, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Allen Adham
Egyptian American businessman and co-founder of video game developer Silicon & Synapse now Activision Blizzard.
Category: Founder and Writer
Allen Coombs
Key designer of the Colossus computer.
Category: Engineer and Writer
Allen Dumont
American scientist best known for improvements to the cathode ray tube for use in television receivers.
Category: Founder, Inventor, Scientist, and Writer
Allen Newell
Computer science and cognitive psychology researcher.
Category: Researcher and Writer
Allen Stern
Tech blogger and entrepreneur who lost in excess of 125 pounds while offering weight-loss tips and recipes to thousands on the Internet.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, and Writer
Alonzo Church
Founder of theoretical computer science
Category: Founder, Logician, Mathematician, Programmer, and Writer
Amanda Chessell
Computer scientist and Engineer at IBM Known for software inventions and innovation of development tools
Category: Engineer, Female, Inventor, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Amber Macarthur
Canadian television and netcasting personality well known for the Call for Help series.
Category: Female, Personality, Twitter, and Writer
Amir Pnueli
Respected computer scientist who focused on temporal logic and model checking.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Amy Briggs
American computer programmer and interactive fiction game creator.
Category: Engineer, Female, Programmer, and Writer
An Wang
Engineer and inventor, and co-founder of Wang Laboratories.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Inventor, and Writer
Anand Shimpi
American businessman and founder of AnandTech website.
Category: CEO, Editor, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Anatoliy Morozov
Ukrainian scientist in the field of cybernetics and Chief Designer of the RADA system
Category: Scientist and Writer
Anders Hejlsberg
Author of Turbo Pascal and chief architect of Delphi.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Andi Gutmans
Israeli programmer and entrepreneur and PHP developer (created PHP 3 in 1997).
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Andreas Bechtolsheim
Co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Investor, and Writer
Andreas 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 Ershov
Pioneer in the field of theoretical and systems programming.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Andrew Baron
Creator of Rocketboom, Know Your Meme and the video aggregator site, Magma.
Category: Twitter and Writer
Andrew Bobeck
American electrical engineer and inventor of bubble memory.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Researcher, and Writer
Andrew Booth
Inventor of Booth's multiplication algorithm that led to the invention of drum memory.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Physicist, Scientist, and Writer
Andrew Chi-chih Yao
Computer scientist and computational theorist who created Yao's Principle.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Andrew Grove
Former CEO of Intel.
Category: CEO, Engineer, and Writer
Andrew Kaluzniacki
Software engineer and game engine developer.
Category: Engineer, Twitter, and Writer
Andrew Kay
Computer pioneer and founder of Kay Computers.
Category: CEO, Founder, Inventor, President, and Writer
Andrew Mccollum
Co-founder of Facebook and an angel investor.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Investor, Twitter, and Writer
Andrew Ng
Associate professor of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford and co-founder of Coursera.
Category: Director, Founder, Professor, Twitter, and Writer
Andrew Plotkin
Interactive fiction writer known as Zarf.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Andrew Sullivan
British author, editor and one of the first political bloggers.
Category: Editor, Twitter, and Writer
Andrew Tanenbaum
American computer scientist best known as the author of MINIX.
Category: Professor, Scientist, and Writer
Andy Bryant
American businessperson and Chairman of multinational semiconductor company Intel.
Category: Chairman and Writer
Andy Hertzfeld
One of the original Apple Macintosh developers.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Andy Rubin
Co-founder and former CEO of Danger Inc. and Android Inc.
Category: CEO, Engineer, Founder, President, Twitter, and Writer
Angie Hicks
Co-founder and CMO of Angie's List.
Category: Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Anthony Barr
Computer programming language designer, software engineer, and inventor.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, Programmer, and Writer
Anthony Wood
Pioneer and innovator in TV and digital media and founder and CEO of Roku.
Category: CEO, Founder, Inventor, President, and Writer
Antoni Kilinski
Helped develop the computer science curriculum.
Category: Professor and Writer
Antonin Svoboda
Computer scientist, engineer, and researcher credited for fault-tolerant computer systems.
Category: Engineer, Mathematician, Researcher, Scientist, and Writer
Arash Ferdowsi
Iranian-American computer entrepreneur and co-founder of online storage service Dropbox.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, and Writer
Arianna Huffington
Greek-American author and syndicated columnist.
Category: Editor, Female, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Armas Markkula
Angel investor and second CEO of Apple Computer.
Category: CEO, Entrepreneur, Investor, Manager, President, and Writer
Arnold Dumey
Inventor of computer hashing and the postal sorting machine.
Category: Analyst, Inventor, and Writer
Arthur Burks
Mathematician who helped design the ENIAC.
Category: Mathematician and Writer
Arthur Clark
Science fiction author, inventor, and futurist.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Arthur Rock
Venture capitalist and investor.
Category: Investor and Writer
Arthur Samuel
Big contributor to the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and one of the first to use hash tables.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Arthur Scherbius
German electrical engineer known for inventing the Enigma machine.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, and Writer
Athanasius Kircher
Oriental studies and medicine.
Category: Founder, Inventor, and Writer
August-wilhelm Scheer
Founder and director of IDS Scheer AG.
Category: Director, Entrepreneur, Founder, Professor, and Writer
August Dvorak
Educational psychologist best known for creating the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard.
Category: Professor and Writer
Azim Premji
Indian business tycoon, philanthropist, and chairman of Wipro Limited.
Category: Chairman and Writer

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