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These 10 coders probably changed the world

These 10 coders probably changed the world

Not many people stop to think about all the coders who have changed our world over the past few decades. Programmers rarely seek the spotlight in the way that famous celebrities and CEOs do, for example. Here are 10 coders whose work was essential in helping to change the world for the better.


1. Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton was director of software engineering for the project that wrote the code for the Apollo Guide Computer (AGC). Developed at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory for the Apollo 11 mission. Her team wrote the code for the first portable computer and their work also made the first moon landing possible.


2. Grace Hopper

Dr Grace Murray Hopper pioneered the development of accessible computer programming languages written in English. She developed a means of programming using words rather than numbers – most notably the COBOL (Common Business Orientated Language) language.


3. Larry Page

Larry Page, along with Sergey Brin, invented Google. Today, Google continues to serve as the world’s leading search engine and it makes the internet easily accessible to billions of people around the world.


4. Ken Thompson

Ken Thompson designed and implemented the original UNIX operating system. He also created ‘Belle’, which was the first machine to achieve master-level play in chess.


5. The ENIAC women

These were a group of six young women who developed the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) – the first all-electronic, programmable computer, as part of the US Army’s World War Two effort. Despite their success, the women received no recognition when the ENIAC was unveiled.


6. Ada Lovelace

The daughter of British poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a mathematician who is widely thought to be the founder of computing science and the world’s first computer programmer.


7. Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee was the inventor of the internet. He imagined an open platform where people everywhere could freely share information, access opportunities and work with one another from anywhere in the world.


8. Alan Turing

Alan Turing was a computer scientist, mathematician, logician, and creator of the Turing machine, which simulates computer algorithms. The Turing machine played a vital role in deciphering codes used during the Second World War and made Turing one of the most important figures of WW2.


9. Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds is a Finnish-American software engineer and creator of the Linux kernel, which became the kernel for operating systems such as Linux OS, Chrome OS, and Android. Torvalds also created the version control system Git.


10. Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi Nakamoto designed Bitcoin – which is the world’s leading digital currency – and he also created the first blockchain database.


Authored by Finerton.com – June 2019
Pictures: Pixabay.com & Unsplash.com

Last modified on: June 28, 2019

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