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Programmers play an incredibly important role in society as the development of technology is key to our world’s evolution. Programmers impact every aspect of our daily lives through automating processes, collecting data, analysing information, and sharing knowledge to continuously innovate and improve existing processes. It is an industry that pushes boundaries and will forever continue to grow. Despite this, programmers rarely see the spotlight in the way that celebrities, CEOs, and other public figures do! And we’re here to change that!

Top ten programmers you should know

You’ll recognise a few of the amazing programmers in our list, but we’re excited to introduce you to a few you may not be familiar with!

1. Larry Page

Page is the co-founder of Google. He created the PageRank algorithm that Google uses to rank search results, they even named it after him! The search engine has become so influential that to “Google” something is a commonly used expression and even a verb!

2. Bill Gates

Gates began programming in his teens and co-founded Microsoft, the largest software company in the world. With a net worth $1 trillion, he now invests billions in philanthropic causes, including drives to eradicate malaria.

3. Mark Zuckerberg

Whilst still at college Zuckerberg created Facebook, the world’s first-hyper connected social network. The company now works to improve global communication and connectivity in developing countries.

4. Linus Torvalds

A pioneer in open-source software, Torvalds created the Linux Kernel, a free, open-source operating system kernel which now sits at the centre of a number of operating systems such as Chrome and Ubuntu.

5. Satoshi Nakamoto

Nakamoto is the pseudonym of the unknown and mysterious creator – or creators – of Bitcoin, the first decentralised and blockchain-based cryptocurrency and the creator of the first blockchain database.

6. Tim Berners-Lee

A visionary of the globalised world we live in and widely considered to be the inventor of the internet as we know it. He envisaged an open platform of freely shared information and collaboration free from geographical limitations.

7. Margaret Hamilton

Hamilton led the team responsible for the command module in-flight software for the Apollo space program. Her software averted an aborted lunar landing which allowed Apollo 11 to successfully land on the moon. She coined the term “software engineer” and many of her projects are still used by NASA and the US government.

8. Dennis Ritchie

Alongside Ken Thompson, Ritchie created the C programming language and the Unix operating system. Created in the 1970’s C is one of the most widely used programming languages and many later languages have drawn on C for their control structures and basic features.

9. Tony Effik

Tony Effik has many accolades to his name as a knowledgeable programmer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a professor at Columbia University’s engineering school, a managing director at Google and co-founder or Black and Brilliant, an advocacy network that supports young people of colour in upskilling their coding and programming skills.

10. Dr. Gladys West

A STEM pioneer with a career spanning 42 years, Dr. West’s work is the basis for the Global Positioning Systems as her work and data analysis on the IBM 7030 STRETCH, the fastest computer of its time, developed a highly accurate model of the earth which laid the foundation for modern GPS systems. She never stopped upskilling herself, and when she was 70 se completed a PhD… an inspiration to us all!

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