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5 Most Famous Software Engineers

5 Most Famous Software Engineers

You might not think that being a software engineer or computer scientist is all that glamorous, but you would be wrong. In such a dynamic industry, the sky really is the limit. Here are five of the world’s most famous software engineers and the things they have gone on to achieve.


1. Jack Dorsey

Born in 1976, Jack Dorsey is a computer programmer and internet entrepreneur as well as the CEO of Twitter. By the age of 14, he had shown an interest in software and started creating his own open-source programmes at a young age, some of which is used by taxi companies today. He then studied at New York University before dropping out just before graduation but it was here that he had the idea for Twitter. He and Biz Stone built the prototype of Twitter in about two weeks and launched it in 2006. Today, Twitter is worth over $4.4 billion, has 330 million monthly users, and more than 4000 employees.


2. Steve McConnell

If you are or have studied software engineering then the chances are that you have come across Steven McConnell. Author of leading software engineering textbooks such as Code Complete, Software Estimation, and Rapid Development he is considered as an expert in the field. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and computer science from Whitman College in Washington. After he finished his studies, he pursued a career in desktop software, working for Boeing, Microsoft, and the Russell Investment Group. He published his first book in 1993.


3. Michael Widenius

Michael Widenius is the original author of the open-source MySQL database. He dropped out of the Helsinki University of Technology in 1981 and started working for a data housing company. Then in 1995, he wrote the first version of the MySQL database with David Axmark and released it in 1996.


4. Mark Zuckerberg

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 15 years, the chances are that you know who Mark Zuckerberg is. The American technology entrepreneur is best known for co-founding and being the CEO of Facebook. He attended Harvard University where he launched Facebook from his dorm room in 2004. Since then, Facebook has become the most used social media platform in the world and his personal net worth is believed to be over $73 billion as of the end of 2018.


5. Max Levchin

This Ukranian-born American computer scientist is best known for co-founding the company that would go on to become PayPal. He is also well-known for co-creating the Gausebeck-Levchin test which was one of the first commercial implementations of the CAPTCHA challenge human response test. Born in Kiev, he moved to the US in 1991 and studied at the University of Illinois where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1997.


Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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Last modified on: November 21, 2019

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