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.