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Top 10 Computer Scientists

Post icon  Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:21 AM

In my eyes, these are the top 10 computer scientist picks for most influential:
  • Vinton Gray Cerf - 'Father of the Internet', Co-Inventor TCP/IP
  • Edgar Frank "Ted" Codd - Created the Relational Database Model
  • Richard Hamming - Founder of the ACM
  • Robert E. Kahn - Co-Inventor TCP/IP
  • John McCarthy - Coined the term "artificial intelligence"
  • Bjarne Stroustrup - Invented C++
  • Leonard Adleman - Co-Inventor RSA cryptosystem
  • John Backus - Invented FORTRAN
  • Edwin Catmull - Computer Graphics, President of Walt Disney Animation & Pixar
  • Grace Hopper - COBOL, Woman
These are more modern day computer scientists, people like Boole, Ada, and Babbage definitely deserve mention though.

I'm by no means an expert, so who's on your list?

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Re: Top 10 Computer Scientists

Posted 18 December 2007 - 09:59 AM

http://en.wikipedia..../Dennis_Ritchie

http://en.wikipedia..../Linus_Torvalds
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:09 AM

I wanted to add Dennis Ritchie as well.
I'll be stoned, but I think John Carmack could get a spot on that list, as well.
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Re: Top 10 Computer Scientists

Posted 18 December 2007 - 10:23 AM

These arent in any particular order:

1) Alan Turing - Turing Machine / Turing Test
2) Linus Torvalds - Linux
3) Donald Knuth - "The Art of Computer Programming", TeX formatting
4) Edward F. Moore - Moore Finite State Machine
5) John von Neumann - Cellular Automata
6) Bjarne Stroustrup - Creator of C++
7) Guido van Rossum - Python Programming language
8) Larry Page - Creator of Google
9) Claude Shannon - Information Theory
10) Grace Hopper - Creator of COBOL

Of course we cant forget about people that influenced theorectical computer science (even before "computer science" was created) like:
Leonhard Euler - Mathematician, Graph Theory
Charles Babbage - Babbage machine
Ada Lovelace - first programmer
...and many others

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:19 AM

Without Richard Stallman, you would not have GNU & then you would not have Linux.

Linus added his kernel to GNU.

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:24 AM

Maybe not one of the top ten of all time, but if the inventor of Python makes someone's list...

James Gosling - inventor of Java (initially known as "Oak")

...definitely makes my list. I at least owe a good bit of the money I make to Java and its many many open source, 3rd party frameworks. :)

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Re: Top 10 Computer Scientists

Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:34 AM

View Postskyhawk133, on 18 Dec, 2007 - 09:21 AM, said:

In my eyes, these are the top 10 computer scientist picks for most influential:
  • Richard Hamming - Founder of the ACM
  • Grace Hopper - COBOL, Woman

Richard Hamming is also famous for his many contributions to telecommunications (and by extension networking). His "Hamming code" and "Hamming distance" are used in the area of bit error correction (not to be confused with bit error detection).

Grace Hopper is also commonly credited with bringing the term "bug" into popular usage, athough it's unclear as to whether she coined it. I'm sure we've all heard the story. :)
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:36 AM

Strange, I don't see the DIC super seven listed on that page. You know, Amadeus, Skyhawk, Snoj, 1lacca, Sloth, Psycho and Myself. What is this world coming to?!?!?!

Some other noteables I would put on there is George Boole, Inventor of Boolean logic and John Henry Holland - Father of genetic algorithms.

But the super seven beats them all. Which shocks me that they weren't even listed. After all, they created the most comprehensive and programming dominating site on the Internet. It is like not even mentioning George Washington as the first American president.

:)

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:44 AM

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 11:47 AM

Aw! how cute!

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:38 PM

Yikes :o I just dropped by and stuck, the creator is above young padawan :)
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 12:57 PM

Oh boy. Never thought I'd have to use this one, but...
:wank:

lol

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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:05 PM

whether you want to or not you have to admite Bill Gates is pretty high to.
maby not top ten but very close.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 07:23 PM

View PostJingle, on 18 Dec, 2007 - 07:05 PM, said:

whether you want to or not you have to admite Bill Gates is pretty high to.
maby not top ten but very close.

Yeah, no one can take a pie like he does.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 08:00 PM

that was pretty funy lol
im a mac person mostly so im not a fan or anything
+ im not sure he realy did any coding or inventing him self
just a good busnis man

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