Computer People - P

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 'P'. Clicking on any of the below links will open a biography for that person.

Pafnuty Chebyshev
Statistics, mechanics, and analytical geometry.
Category: Father, Founder, Mathematician, and Writer
Patrick Gelsinger
Chief Executive Officer at VMware and former President and Chief Operating Officer at EMC Corporation.
Category: President, Programmer, and Writer
Patrick Mcgovern
Chairman, and founder of International Data Group (IDG)
Category: Chairman, Editor, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Patrick Norton
Former managing editor and co-host of The Screen Savers.
Category: Editor, Personality, Twitter, and Writer
Patrick Volkerding
Software engineer and founder of the Slackware Linux distribution.
Category: Engineer, Founder, Manager, Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft.
Category: Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Paul Baran
Polish American engineer who was a pioneer in the development of computer networks.
Category: Engineer, Inventor, and Writer
Paul Brainerd
Pioneer in the field of computer-aided editing, design, and publishing and co-founder of Aldus.
Category: Coined, Founder, and Writer
Paul Ceruzzi
Curator of Computing at the Smithsonians's Museum in Washington D.C. and author of many books on computer history.
Category: Writer
Paul Cress
Canadian computer scientist who led a team of programmers developing Fortran language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Paul Demaine
Leading figure in the early development of computer based automatic indexing.
Category: Founder and Writer
Paul Eisler
Austrian inventor who invented the printed circuit board.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Paul Galvin
One of the two founders of the telecommunications company Motorola.
Category: Founder, Inventor, and Writer
Paul 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 King
Australian software developer, scientist, and entrepreneur.
Category: Entrepreneur, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Paul Laughton
Former systems programmer for IBM one of Apple Computers first programmers.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Paul Maritz
Former senior executive at Microsoft.
Category: CEO and Writer
Paul Mockapetris
American Internet pioneer and computer scientist and creator of the Internet Domain Name System.
Category: Inventor, Manager, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Paul Otellini
American businessman and current president of Intel
Category: Director, President, and Writer
Paul Otlet
Father of information science who created the Universal Decimal Classification.
Category: Entrepreneur, Father, and Writer
Paul Rand
American graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs,
Category: Director and Writer
Paul Thelen
Founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Big Fish Games.
Category: Chairman, Founder, and Writer
Paul Thurrott
Technology blogger, author, podcaster, and news editor for Windows IT Pro magazine.
Category: Editor, Personality, Twitter, and Writer
Per Hansen
Danish-American computer scientist known for concurrent programming theory.
Category: Coined, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Percy Ludgate
Irish designer of an Analytical Engine for the programmable computer.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Pete Cashmore
Scottish entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Mashable.
Category: CEO, Entrepreneur, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Peter Bentley
British author and computer scientist and contributing editor for WIRED UK magazine.
Category: Editor, Personality, Scientist, and Writer
Peter Chen
American computer scientist known for development of the Entity-Relationship Model.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Peter Denning
American computer scientist and writer known for his pioneering work in virtual memory.
Category: Inventor, Scientist, and Writer
Peter Diamandis
American engineer, physician, author, Intel entrepreneur and founder of X PRIZE Foundation.
Category: CEO, Chairman, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Peter Elias
Pioneer in the field of information theory and Coding theory.
Category: Professor and Writer
Peter Franaszek
American information theorist who set the direction for modern constrained coding.
Category: Writer
Peter Grunberg
German physicist and Nobel Prize laureate.
Category: Inventor, Physicist, and Writer
Peter Karmanos
CEO of Compuware Corporation and owner of hockey franchises.
Category: CEO and Writer
Peter Kirstein
British computer scientist who played a role in the creation of the Internet.
Category: Scientist and Writer
Peter 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 Molyneux
English video game designer and game programmer.
Category: Programmer, Twitter, and Writer
Peter Naur
Danish pioneer in computer science and programmer.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Peter Neuman
Computer Science Researcher who worked on the Multics operating system.
Category: Coined, Founder, Researcher, and Writer
Peter Norton
American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Programmer, and Writer
Peter Norvig
Pioneer of Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence.
Category: Director, Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Peter Samson
American computer scientist known for creating pioneering computer software.
Category: Inventor, Scientist, and Writer
Peter Schnell
German entrepreneur who founded Software AG Foundation.
Category: Chairman, Entrepreneur, Founder, and Writer
Peter Sunde
Founder of Flattr and ex-spokesperson Pirate Bay.
Category: Founder and Writer
Peter Tattam
Software developer known for authoring Trumpet Winsock.
Category: Director, Twitter, and Writer
Peter Weinberger
Computer scientist who helped write the AWK programming language.
Category: Programmer, Scientist, and Writer
Petro Vlahos
Hollywood special effects pioneer who defined the color-difference bluescreen process.
Category: Founder and Writer
Phil Farrand
American computer programmer, webmaster, and author.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Phil Fish
French-Canadian game designer working with Polytron and creator of the game Fez.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Philibert Docagne
French engineer and mathematician.
Category: Engineer, Mathematician, and Writer
Philip Emeagwali
Nigerian-born computer scientist known for his use of a Connection Machine supercomputer.
Category: African American, Engineer, Mathematician, Scientist, Twitter, and Writer
Philip Estridge
Led the development of the original IBM Personal Computer (PC).
Category: Father, Inventor, President, and Writer
Philip Zimmerman
Creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).
Category: Founder, Inventor, President, and Writer
Philipp Hahn
German priest and clock-maker who designed the first calculator
Category: Inventor and Writer
Philippe Kahn
Innovator and entrepreneur and inventor of the first camera phone.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Inventor, and Writer
Phillip Katz
Computer programmer known as the co-creator of the Zip file format.
Category: Programmer and Writer
Phillip Rosedale
American entrepreneur and founder of Linden Lab's Second Life virtual world.
Category: Entrepreneur, Founder, Twitter, and Writer
Philo Farnsworth
Inventor and television pioneer.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Pierre Jaquetdroz
Swiss-born watchmaker noted for his designs of animated dolls or automata.
Category: Inventor and Writer
Pierre Omidyar
French-born entrepreneur, founder, and chairman of the eBay auction site.
Category: Chairman, Entrepreneur, Founder, and Writer
Pieter Abeele
Computer programmer and founder of the PowerPC-version of Gentoo Linux.
Category: Founder, Programmer, and Writer

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