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  • Fred Brooks (1931 - d.)
    Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (born April 19, 1931) is a computer architect, software engineer, and computer scientist, best known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computer...
  • John Cocke (1925 - 2002)
    John Cocke (May 30, 1925 – July 16, 2002) was an American computer scientist recognized for his large contribution to computer architecture and optimizing compiler design. He is considered by ...
  • Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871)
  • Ada Lovelace (1815 - 1852)
    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical...
  • Linus Benedict Torvalds
    Finnish computer scientist, the creator of Linux.

Computer pioneers whose contributions in the theoretical, technical and/or commercial fields of computing are outstanding and highly significant in the further development of computer-related disciplines.

List of notable computer pioneers

  • Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE Inventor of the World Wide Web
  • Vannevar Bush, American engineer and science administrator; best-known for his work on analog computing.
  • Richard Courant, German American mathematician; founder of the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Kurt Gödel, Austrian logician, mathematician and philosopher; best-known for his two incompleteness theorems.
  • Grace Hopper, American computer scientist and United States Navy officer; developed the first A-O compiler, precursor to COBOL.
  • Steve Jobs, American businessman, designer and inventor; best-known as the co-founder Apple Inc.
  • Gottfried Leibniz, German mathematician and philosopher; invented the Leibniz wheel, used in the arithmometer, the first mass-produced mechanical calculator.
  • Marvin Minsky, American cognitive scientist in artificial intelligence; co-founder of MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
  • John von Neumann, Hungarian American mathematician and polymath; pioneer of the application of operator theory to quantum mechanics.
  • Robert Noyce, American physicist and mathematian, nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon Valley"; co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.
  • Dennis Ritchie, American computer scientist; creator of the C programming language and co-creator of the Unix operating system.
  • Alan Turing, English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist; played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer.
  • Seymour Cray, inventor of supercomputers

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