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  • An Wang (1920 - 1990)
    Dr. An Wang was a Chinese–American computer engineer and inventor, and co-founder of computer company Wang Laboratories, which was known primarily for its dedicated word processing machines. An ...
  • Erich Bloch (1925 - 2016)
    From Wikipedia: Erich Bloch (9 January 1925 – 25 November 2016) was a German-born American electrical engineer and administrator. He served as director of National Science Foundation from 1984...
  • Margaret Hamilton (1936 - d.)
    Margaret Heafield Hamilton (born August 17, 1936) is a computer scientist, systems engineer and business owner. She was Director of the Software Engineering Division of the MIT Instrumentation Labora...
  • Howard H. Aiken (1900 - 1973)
    Howard Hathaway Aiken (March 8, 1900 – March 14, 1973) was an American physicist and a pioneer in computing, being the original conceptual designer behind IBM's Harvard Mark I computer.
  • Richard Matthew Stallman
    Richard Matthew Stallman (born March 16, 1953), often known by his initials, rms , is an American software freedom activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such ...

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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