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  • Arthur Scherbius (1878 - 1929)
  • University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory Archive
    Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes (1913 - 2010)
    Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes FRS FREng (26 June 1913 – 29 November 2010) was a British computer scientist who designed and helped build the Electronic delay storage automatic calculator (EDSAC), one of t...
  • Klára Dán (1911 - 1963)
    Klára (Klari) Dán Von Neumann (18 August 1911 – 10 November 1963) was a scientist, and a pioneer computer programmer. She wrote the code used on the MANIAC machine developed by John von Neumann and Jul...
  • R. Adm. William Collins Hushing, USN (1918 - 2015)
    Distinguished U.S. Naval officer. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1939 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, he had additional degrees from MIT and Harvard and received an Honorary PhD from the ...
  • Leonard Adleman
    Leonard Adleman (born December 31, 1945) is an American computer scientist. He is one of the creators of the RSA encryption algorithm, for which he received the 2002 Turing Award, often called the Nobe...

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

  • Paul Allen, researcher, and co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.
  • Seymour Cray, inventor of supercomputers.
  • 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.
  • Bill Gates, pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, and the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation.
  • 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.
  • Linus Torvalds, Finnish software engineer who is the creator, and for a long time, principal developer of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for operating systems such as the Linux operating systems, Android, and Chrome OS.
  • Alan Turing, English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist; played a significant role in the creation of the modern computer.

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