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This index mentions most of the computer pioneers and their inventions, or other important people in computers or computing industry.
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  • Canion, Rod; Insource Technology, co-founder of compaq computers
  • Carpenter, Richard; Founded Index Technology to deliver
  • Case tools in 1983
  • Carr, John Weber ; (1923- )
  • Cary, Frank Taylor ; (1920- )
  • Casselli, Giovanni
  • Cerf, Vinton (1943) co-developed the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) for the Internet
  • Charney, Jule Gregory ; (1917-81)
  • Chatfield, Glenn; Founded Duquesne Systems to provide productivity tools for IBM systems in 1970
  • Chadwick, James; 1847-1922, discovered the electron
  • Chernick, Aubrey; Founded Candle Corp. in 1977; developed Omegamon, first realtime performance monitor for MVS
  • Chevion, Dov; (1917-83)
  • Clark, Edith (1883-1959); excelled in breaking down complex mathematical constellations into simple graphical presentations
  • Clark, Jim - co-founder of silicon graphics and netscape corporation, (2) (Silicon Graphics and Netscape)
  • Codd, Dr. Edgar F. ; Inventor of relational database theory in the 1970s
  • Gerald Cohen; Designed early non-procedural language; founded Information Builders in 1975
  • Colmar, Thomas de; one of the first marketable mechanical calculators
  • Larry Constantine; Invented data flow diagrams, presented first paper on concepts of structured design in 1974
  • Cook, Bob; Founded VM Software to develop software for IBM VM in 1981
  • Comrie, Leslie John ; (1893-1950)
  • Cook, Stephen
  • Coombs, Allen W. M.;
  • Copernicus, Nicolaus ; revolutionubus, mathematician and astronomer
  • Corbato, Fernando Jose ; (1926- )
  • Crandall, Rick; Founded Comshare, one of the early time-sharing companies, in 1966; it later became a software company selling executive  support software
  • Cray, Seymour; (1925-1996) Cray supercomputers,also founded the Control Data Corp along with Eckert, William Norris and six others
  • Christen, Ward; (1); first operational bulletin board
  • Cullinane, John; Founded Cullinane Corp., which sold the IDMS database system, in 1968; it was the first software product company to go public (in 1978)
  • Cunningham, Peter; Founded INPUT, one of the first market research firms to focus on the software and software products market, in 1974
  • Curtiss, John Hamilton ; (1909-77)
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  • d'Ocagne, Maurice; (1862-1938)
  • Dahl, Ole-Johan; (1931-2002 ) Simula
  • Davies, Donald W.; packet-switching, internet
  • Dantzig, George Bernard ; (1914- )
  • Davinci, Leonardo; inventor, polymath
  • Deeds, Edward Andrew ; (1874-1960)
  • DeForest, Lee; triode electronic switch
  • DeMarco, Tom; Case methodology pioneer, author and consultant in the 1970s
  • Descartes, Rene; philosopher
  • Dewey, Melvil
  • Dick, Alfred Blake (1856-1934)
  • Dick, Jr., Alfred Blake ; (1894-1954)
  • Diebold, John; (1926- )
  • Dijkstra, Edsger; (1930-2002) computer science, encryption, programming methodology
  • Dougarty
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  • Eastman, George - (2); philanthropist and founder of kodak
  • Eckert, John P. ; (1919-1995) co inventor of one of the first fully electronical digital computer, along with Cray, William Norris and six others, (2) ,(3)
  • Eckert, Wallace John ; (1902-71)
  • Ed, Rob
  • Edison,Thomas Alva; invented the frigidaire and made the lamp commercialy viable
  • Einstein, Albert
  • Ellis, Jim;(1956-2001) co-created usenet the second most important internet application
  • Ellison, Lawrence (Larry); Co-founded Oracle Corp in 1977; pioneered relational DBMS
  • Engel, Jr., Frank August ; (1917- )
  • Engelbart, Douglas; (2) (1925) - pioneer in human-computer communications, developer of the mouse and graphical user interface, (3)
  • Ershov, Andrei P. (1931-1988); theoretical programming
  • Estridge, Don; (1938-85) projectleader for the IBM PC/XT/AT (1981-1985)
  • Evans, Robert Overton ; (1927- )
  • Everett, Robert Rivers ; (1921- )
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  • Fairchild, George Winthrop; (1854-1924)
  • Fano, Robert Mano; (1917- )
  • Fantl. Leo
  • Faraday, Michael
  • Fast, August
  • Feigenbaum, Edward A. (AI)
  • Felstein, Lee; inventor Video Circuit Board, Osborne 1 along with Adam Osborne, Expander Computer, Sol computer
  • Felt, Dorr Eugene ; (1862-1930)
  • Ferguson, Dave; Author, in the late 60's, of PI-Sort, the first software product successfully sold against a free IBM sort program
  • Fischer, Emst Georg (1852-1935)
  • Flanders, Donald Alexander ; (1900-58)
  • Flemming, John Ambrose; inventor of the vacuum tube diode
  • Flint, Charles Ranlett; founding father of IBM (l850-1934)
  • Flowers, Thomas;(1905-1998) Colossus engineer
  • Floyd, Robert W. Forrest, Lee de
  • Forrester, Jay Wright; (2) (1918 - ) - inventor of magnetic-core memory, led the team that created Whirlwind
  • Forest, Lee de (1873 - 1961)
  • Forster, James Franklin ; (1908-72)
  • Fourier, Baron Jean-Baptiste-Joseph; (1768-1830); mathematician
  • Frank, Werner; Co-founded Informatics, the company which sold Mark IV, the first million dollar software product, in 1962
  • Bob Frankston, wrote the code for Visicalc
  • Frege, G.
  • Freytag Löringhoff, Dr. Bruno Baron von; reconstructor of Schickards calculator
  • Friedman, William Frederick ; (1891-1969)
  • Fylstra, Dan; (1); Viscalc the first spreadsheet program
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  • Galler, Bernard Aaron; (1928- )
  • Galvin
  • Gates, Jim
  • Gates, Wiiliam H. III (Bill); (1955) one of the founders of Microsoft, DOS, Windows, (2) (see also interview and unofficial information)
  • Geissler Igelshieb, Heinrich
  • Gianello Toriano
  • Geschke, Charles M. founder of Adobe Systems in 1982 who, along with John Warnock, created "the desktop publishing" environment
  • Gill, Stanley; (1926-75)
  • Glushkov, Victor Mikhaylovich ; (1923-82)
  • Goetz, Marty; Co-founded Applied Data Research (ADR) in 1959; received the first patent issued on a software product
  • Goldstine, Herman Heine ; (1913- ) helped design the ENIAC, wrote one of the most complete computer history books.
  • Goldstein,  Bernie; Founded Broadview Associates (1970s), the first investment banking firm to focus on software industry mergers and acquisitions
  • Good, I. J. ;
  • Goodman, Richard; (1911-66)
  • Goodnight, Dr. James; Co-founded SAS Institute in 1976; developer of the SAS System
  • Gore, John K. ; ( 1845- l910)
  • Gödel, Kurt
  • Grad, Burt; One of the members of the IBM team which developed the plan for unbundling software from hardware in 1969
  • Grant, George Barnard; (1849-1917)
  • Green, John
  • Green, Julien; (1924- )
  • Grillet, Rene (1600s)
  • Gore ,John K. ( 1845- l910)
  • Goto, Eiichi; inventor of analogue computer
  • Griswold, Ralph E.; (1934- )
  • Grosch, Herb; Director in 1960 of the U.S. government’s Center for Computer Science and Technology (now called NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Grove, Andrew, co-founder Intel
  • Groves, Leslie Richard ; (1896-1970)
  • Gudden, John Bernard
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  • Hamming, Richard W.;
  • Harris, Dr. Larry; Founded AICorp in 1975; developed AI-based natural language technology
  • Harron, Ducos de;
  • Harris, Peter; Founded ADPAC Corporation in 1963
  • Hartree, Douglas Rayner ; (1897-1958)
  • Hawking, Stephen;
  • Hazen, Harold Locke ; (1901-80)
  • Heisenberg, Werner;
  • Hell, Rudolf (1901-2002); inventor of fax machine
  • Henry, Joseph;
  • Herbrand, Jacques;
  • Heron of Alexandria; Greek mechanician and inventor
  • Herschel, John;
  • Herz, Heinrich;
  • Hewlett, William R.; (1913) co-founder of Hewlett Packard, (2)
  • Hill, Richard; Co-founded Informatics, the company which sold Mark IV, the first million dollar software product, in 1962
  • Hills, Danny
  • Hoare, C. A. R.; (CSP) 
  • Hoerni, Jean;
  • Hoff, Ted; Marcian Ted Hoff - (1937) developer of the microprocessor, see also W.D. Pickette, (2)
  • Holberton, Betty (1927) one of a team of 5 programmers on the ENIAC
  • Hollerith, Herman, (2) (1860-1929) tabulator machine
  • Holt, Ray (19..) invented central processor in 1971 - as member of a team for the F14A, see also W.D. Pickette, Hoff, Ted
  • Hopper, Grace; (1906-1992) Created together with other engineers COBOL, Naval officer and computer scientist who led the effort in the 1960s to develop COBOL (Common Business-Oriented Language)
  • Hoover, Bill; President from 1964 to 1995 of Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) which was an early entrant (late 1960s) in the software products market; it ultimately became a multi-billion dollar software services company
  • Househoulder, Alston Scott ; (1904-1993)
  • Huffman, David A.; Discovered a fast and efficient method of compression
  • Hull, Clark; (1884-1952)
  • Hurd, Cuthbert C.; (1911- )
  • Huskey, Harry Douglas ; (1916- )
  • Hyatt, Gilbert; co-inventor of the microprocessor in 1968, patent awarded in 1990
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  • Ichbiah, Dr. Jean; Principal designer, Ada language (1977)
  • Imlay, John; In 1971, became CEO of Management Science America (MSA), the first applications software supplier to exceed $100M in annual revenues
  • Iverson, Kenneth E.; invented APL in 1962
  • Irvine, John;
  • Iwatani, Toru; Inventor of Pac Man video game
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  • Jacobs, Walter W.; (1914-82)
  • Jaquard, Joseph Marie; (1752-1834) French weaver who built a fully automated loom programmed by punched cards.
  • Jaquet-Droz, Pierre en Henry; (1700s) punch card weaving
  • Jerger, Doug; Co-founder of Fortex, an early accounting software products company
  • Jevons, William Stanley; (1835-82)
  • Johnson, Luanne James; Founded Argonaut Information Systems to sell payroll and accounts payable software in 1971
  • Jobs, Steven Paul ; (1955- ) co founded Apple and founded Next
  • Johnson, Reynold B. ; (1906- )
  • Jones, Fletcher (deceased); Co-founder of Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC); one of the initiators of SHARE and the SHARE Operating System (SOS)
  • Jones, T. Capers ; Developed first large-scale estimating package for IBM (1972)
  • Jones, Dr. Kirk; Pioneered business planning software; principal designer of IFPS (1975)
  • Josephson, Brian D.; Josephson switch, hyper speed switching on molecular/atomaire level




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