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(IT World)   Counting down the 15 most well-known computer scientists ever, from number 14 all the way to number zero   (itworld.com) divider line 61
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2014-04-22 11:48:11 AM  
Arrr, not a looker among the bunch.
 
2014-04-22 11:48:47 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-04-22 12:06:01 PM  
List fails without Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace
 
2014-04-22 12:20:58 PM  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Hollerith

If you're going for unknown computer scientists, this one was a mining engineer. He also invented punch cards (invented is a strong word, I know) and started IBM.
 
2014-04-22 12:27:43 PM  
 
2014-04-22 12:42:04 PM  
Richard Stallman is number 2?

Yes, yes he *is* number 2.  A big, steaming pile...
 
2014-04-22 12:48:06 PM  
No Dennis Ritchie?  List fail.  At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...
 
2014-04-22 12:48:27 PM  
Mitnik at 18?  bah.  Turing at 1?  Ok, Blaise Pascal missing completely. Unforgivable
 
2014-04-22 12:50:42 PM  
Does this look like a number to you?

www.examiner.com

/and he's wearing a cardboard Mobius strip
 
2014-04-22 12:52:53 PM  
no Vint Cerf?
 
2014-04-22 12:55:09 PM  
Not superly famous, but he caused me to meet a ton of great life-long friends...
Ward Christensen

...most of which I subsequently slaughtered in their sleep:
Seth Robinson (Robinson Technologies)
 
2014-04-22 12:57:05 PM  
Knuth is the most famous graduate of the High School I went to, I figured he'd be on the list.

And an ex-gf of mine once went on a blind date with Stallman. Just once. The way I remember the story, he was kind of an innocent weirdo who liked pulling out a folk flute that he carried with him and playing her the song of his people at random intervals when the spirit moved him.
 
2014-04-22 12:57:37 PM  

SpacemanSpoof: At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...


Al Gore?
 
2014-04-22 01:08:32 PM  

BumpInTheNight: SpacemanSpoof: At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...

Al Gore?


+1
 
2014-04-22 01:08:54 PM  
What about Gottfried Leibniz? You know, the guy who fought with Newton over who discovered calculus first and who made significant contributions to the modern binary number system and created and improved many mechanical calculators.
 
2014-04-22 01:09:01 PM  

SpacemanSpoof: No Dennis Ritchie?  List fail.  At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...


Not the only name I found missing.
That said, at least #1 was right.
 
2014-04-22 01:16:38 PM  
"Counting down the 11115 most well-known computer scientists ever, from number 11104 all the way to number 0000zero"
/FT4S&M
 
2014-04-22 01:17:07 PM  
I was dissapointed that K & R and Patterson and Hennesey are missing.
 
2014-04-22 01:17:18 PM  

Stan Lee's Ghost: Mitnik at 18?  bah.  Turing at 1?  Ok, Blaise Pascal missing completely. Unforgivable


What is Mitnick even doing on that list? I'm glad I didn't read the article. Though now I'm tempted to just for hate's sake...

If I had to come up with a list of who contributes the most to computer science, it would be some sort of weighted tree structure, and be a lot longer that 15 names.

Hell, 15 would just about get you through the Greek and Middle Age philosophers whose work was later refined into computer science. But even that would be woefully incomplete in my mind because *they* had influences, and I'd be picking the winners at the expense of the folks who had other ideas.
 
2014-04-22 01:20:28 PM  
Glad to see that you've already mentioned Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.
It might also be a good idea to include the patron saint of computing - Charles Babbage.
 
2014-04-22 01:21:15 PM  
From the link:

Researcher's at MIT's Media Lab have launched a new project called Pantheon, in which they attempt to quantify the cultural impact of people throughout time. Using data from Wikipedia, they've developed a Historical Popularity Index (HPI) to rank more than 11,000 famous names from the past and present. HPI is based on a number of things, including the number of languages in which one's Wikipedia bio exists and the number and distribution of page views to those bio pages. While famous techies still generally score much lower HPIs than actors, athletes and artists, 34 computer scientists did make the list. Here are the 15 most well-known computer scientists in history, based on their HPI scores.

So, it is pretty much just a popularity contest based on Wikipedia hits...
 
2014-04-22 01:23:05 PM  

TheShavingofOccam123: Does this look like a number to you?

[www.examiner.com image 240x240]

/and he's wearing a cardboard Mobius strip


Captain Kangaroo shaved?
 
2014-04-22 01:27:48 PM  

enik: BumpInTheNight: SpacemanSpoof: At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...

Al Gore?

+1


Steve Jobs?
 
2014-04-22 01:37:10 PM  
www.dadsmind.com

peeonsparkplug.jpg
 
2014-04-22 01:58:50 PM  

Odd Bird: TheShavingofOccam123: Does this look like a number to you?

[www.examiner.com image 240x240]

/and he's wearing a cardboard Mobius strip

Captain Kangaroo shaved?


I think it's a joke.

/just in time for Spring, perhaps?
 
2014-04-22 02:03:48 PM  
No Babbage? Or was I just not paying attention. Also Tim Berners-Lee should be much higher on that list.
 
2014-04-22 02:03:56 PM  

Tillmaster: Glad to see that you've already mentioned Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper.
It might also be a good idea to include the patron saint of computing - Charles Babbage.


John Bardeen and Walter Brattain deserve a mention. Two of the most important people in the 20th Century.

We don't have an Information Age without the transistor.
 
2014-04-22 02:10:52 PM  
No George Boole? List fails.
 
2014-04-22 02:19:34 PM  

the_sidewinder: List fails without Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace


I came here just to post that.  +1
 
2014-04-22 02:27:32 PM  
Ward Cunningham?  Was he on 'Happy Days' or 'Leave it to Beaver'.
 
2014-04-22 03:03:39 PM  
Also fails without Vannevar Bush.
 
2014-04-22 03:09:57 PM  
List is missing Konrad Zuse.
 
2014-04-22 03:19:29 PM  
Visual Basic, subby.
 
2014-04-22 03:25:43 PM  
those complaining about people left out can look at the full list: http://pantheon.media.mit.edu/rankings/people/all/COMPUTER%20SCIENTIS T /-4000/2010/H15
1    Alan Turing
2    Richard Stallman
3    Edsger Dijkstra
4    Claude Elwood Shannon
5    Donald Knuth
6    Andrew S. Tanenbaum
7    Niklaus Wirth
8    Tim Berners-Lee
9    Marvin Minsky
10    John Backus
11    Edgar F. Codd
12    Ken Thompson
13    Linus Torvalds
14    Jérôme Lalande
15    Ward Cunningham
16    Peter Naur
17    John McCarthy
18    Kevin Mitnick
19    Dennis Ritchie
20    Eric S. Raymond
21    C. A. R. Hoare
22    Grace Hopper
23    Vint Cerf
24    Larry Wall
25    Raymond Kurzweil
26    Subhash Kak
27    Larry Page
28    James Gosling
29    Guido van Rossum
30    Sergey Brin
31    Alexey Pazhitnov
32    Randy Pausch
33    Stephen Wolfram
34    Rasmus Lerdorf

On the other hand George Bool appears not to be in the list because he is classified as a mathematician, ranking 38 out of 157
 http://pantheon.media.mit.edu/people/George%20Boole

This appears to be the big problem (which I may look at after I reboot) where every person has to have just 1 category.
 
2014-04-22 03:31:12 PM  

the_sidewinder: List fails without Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace


/begin snark

Why?  We all know girls aren't good at math.

/end snark
 
2014-04-22 03:34:03 PM  

SpacemanSpoof: sjmcc13: SpacemanSpoof: No Dennis Ritchie?  List fail.  At least they didn't have a certain overblown salesman on a list of computer scientists...

Not the only name I found missing.
That said, at least #1 was right.


Dennis Ritchie should have been #2 on that list. Well, at least they didn't include Steve Jobs on that list (remember they died within a month and how the media reacted to the two events?)
 
2014-04-22 03:36:51 PM  

the_sidewinder: List fails without Grace Hopper or Ada Lovelace


What does deep throat has to do with this?
 
2014-04-22 03:38:08 PM  

mayIFark: Dennis Ritchie should have been #2 on that list.


I can agree with that...
 
2014-04-22 04:00:10 PM  
The original 6 (Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum ) are not on the list at all.  They were selected from the "computers" who were calculating ballistic trajectories at the University of Pennsylvania during WWII to program ENIAC 1.  Until they received their security clearances they had to work from schematics - they weren't even allowed in the same room as the hardware.   Click here to see an article about them.
 
2014-04-22 04:15:40 PM  
Also missing:

www.euvounacampusparty.com.br
 
2014-04-22 04:25:14 PM  
I'd be more impressed if it were the top 25 listed from 18 to 0
 
2014-04-22 04:31:07 PM  
List fails without this guy....

i1168.photobucket.com

/holds PhD in Computer Science
//is more famous than most names mentioned here (if not all)
 
2014-04-22 04:33:25 PM  
There's also John Von Neumann.
 
2014-04-22 04:53:42 PM  
I suppose when I only recognize 4 names on that full list (1 only in passing) it's important to remind myself that I only got a degree in programming and not a degree in history. But it's still pretty apalling to me. At least I've only been doing this professionally for like 8 years...

/Yikes.
 
2014-04-22 05:23:36 PM  
List fails due to lack of Dennis Ritchie and Brian Kernighan and Ken Thompson.
 
2014-04-22 07:19:28 PM  
Computer Science Related People in Other Fields

Engineer:
#23 - Vannevar Bush
#35 - Bjarne Stroustrup

Inventor:
#10 - Charles Babbage
#27 - Herman Hollerith
#28 - Konrad Zuse
#29 - Joseph Jacquard
#54 - Steve Wozniak
#64 - Douglas Englebart

Mathematician:
#3 - Blaise Pascal
#5 - Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz
#8 - Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi
#13 - John von Neumann
#29 - Kurt Gödel
#31 - Georg Cantor
#38 - George Boole
#63 - Ada Lovelace
#105 - Alonzo Church
#130 - Stanislaw Ulam
#135 - Paul Erdös
#143 - Andrey Markov

Statistician:
#2 - Thomas Bayes

Physicist:
#63 - John Bardeen
#118 - Walter Houser Brattain

Designer:
#5 - Steve Jobs
#16 - Jonathan Ive

David Patterson and John Hennesey are probably not on the list as they're primarily authors, not inventors. Same with Brian Kernighan. Although Kernighan wrote K&R C, he had no part in the design of C saying "it's entirely Dennis Ritchie's work".

Most everyone else listed as "missing" shows up above - plus a few other I noticed as I was going through the list.

You can go to the Pantheon Site and search for anyone else you think should be there and see what occupation they're listed under if they're included at all.
 
2014-04-22 08:36:58 PM  
I was hoping for Seymour Cray, even though he was hardware.
 
2014-04-22 08:41:27 PM  
Came here to rant about the exclusion of Grace Hopper. Glad to see that's already covered and that there was a longer list with her on it.
 
2014-04-22 09:37:10 PM  

RexTalionis: There's also John Von Neumann.


Thank you. Was scanning for him here, and getting worried about my fellow Farkers.
 
2014-04-22 09:41:03 PM  
It goes Turing, then Knuth, then everyone else.

If you disagree, I challenge you to a code-off in FORTRAN on a Xerox Sigma 9 mainframe with 2 MB of core and dual 128 kb swap disks.
 
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