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Top Computer Scientists, Ever

I was going through papers as I try to clean up 30+ years of computer science clutter and came upon this list I made back in 2004. It’s a list of the 22 most influential people in computer science, in my opinion.

  • James Anderson [all things security, reference monitor, Multics]
  • John Backus [FORTRAN, Algol, loads of other stuff]
  • Dan Bricklin & Bob Frankston [Visicalc]
  • Vannevar Bush [Information Visionary]
  • Fernando J. Corbato [First Timesharing System + Multics]
  • Edsger Dijkstra [Moved State of the Art forward]
  • Doug Engelbart [Mother of All Demos]
  • Richard Fateman [Macsyma]
  • Grace Hopper [First compiler + COBOL]
  • Kenneth Iverson [APL]
  • Alan Kay [GUI, Smalltalk, …]
  • Donald Knuth [TeX, moving CS forward big time]
  • J.C.R. Licklider [Internet, Multics, …]
  • John McCarthy [LISP]
  • Ted Nelson [Xanadu, hyperlinks, web-like stuff, mark-up, …]
  • Dennis Ritchie [UNIX, C, …]
  • Claude Shannon [Crypto]
  • Richard Stallman [Open Source, …]
  • Ivan Sutherland [Graphics big time]
  • Andrew Tannenbaum [Moving CS state of the art forward]
  • Ken Thompson [UNIX, C, …]
  • Alan Turing [Loads and loads …]

Looking over that list today I wouldn’t change a thing. No one else comes to mind as being sufficiently great so as to go up on that list. If you just read works by those 22 individuals you’ll have yourself a dandy CS education.

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