Jakob Nielsen

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Jacob Nielsen

Name: Jacob Nielsen

Born: 1957 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Computer-related contributions

  • Web usability consultant.
  • Earned Ph.D. in human–computer interaction from the Technical University of Denmark.
  • Former Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems (1994 to 1998).
  • Co-founder of Nielsen Norman Group, a usability consulting company.

Significant publications

  • Coordinating User Interfaces for Consistency, Interactive Technologies (2014).
  • Mobile Usability (2012).
  • Eyetracking Web Usability (2009).
  • Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed (2001).
  • E-Commerce User Experience (2001).
  • International User Interfaces (1996).
  • Multimedia and Hypertext: The Internet and Beyond (1995).

Honors and awards

  • Awarded Lifetime Practice Award by SIGCHI (2013).
  • Named among 28 "World's Most Influential Designers" by Bloomberg Businessweek (2010).


"You're supposed to be the world's leading expert in your field, so you figure out what would be most important for the company for you to work on."