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Linus Torvalds Leads Over Turing, Stroustrup, Stallman, Ritchie, and Berners-Lee

Linus Torvalds Leads Over Turing, Stroustrup, Stallman, Ritchie, and Berners-Lee

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    It began, as these things often do, as a chance remark, in a blog. Now it has grown to a Web-wide search for the best software people alive and dead. The best ever.

    The tiny acorn was born when Tim Bray in his popular Ongoing blog described Adam Bosworth - of Quattro Pro, Microsoft Access, IE4, then BEA and now Google fame - as "probably one of the top 20 software people in the world."

    The search for the remaining 19 began, and resulted in a list of forty nominees that are now being discussed and voted on by anyone interested in i-Technology and its software development pioneers.

    Currently the leading twenty as of Monday morning 5:00AM EST are as follows (but obviously it is changing by the hour as votes come in):

    1. 483 Linus Torvalds: "Benevolent dictator" of the Linux kernel
    2. 409 Alan Turing: Mathematician; author of the 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence"
    3. 318 Bjarne Stroustrup: The designer and original implementor of C++
    4. 293 Richard Stallman: Free software movement's leading figure; founder of the GNU Project
    5. 271 Dennis Ritchie: Creator of C and Coinventor of Unix
    6. 221 Tim Berners-Lee: "Father of the World Wide Web" and expectant father of the Semantic Web
    7. 189 Ken Thompson: Coinventor of Unix
    8. 136 Guido van Rossum: Author of the Python programming language
    9. 123 Bill Joy: Cofounder and former chief scientist of Sun; main author of Berkeley Unix
    10. 121 Brian Kernighan: One of the creators of the AWK and AMPL languages
    11. 107 James Gosling: "Father of Java" (though not its sole parent)
    12. 100 Andy Tanenbaum: Professor of computer science, author of Minix
    13. 98 Anders Hejlsberg: Genius behind the Turbo Pascal compiler, subsequently "Father of C#"
    14. 90 Tim O'Reilly: Publisher, open source advocate; believer that great technology needs great books
    15. 80 Dave Cutler: The brains behind VMS; hired away by Microsoft for Windows NT
    16= 70 Roy T. Fielding: Primary architect of HTTP 1.1 and a founder of the Apache Web server
    16= 70 Rob Pike: An early developer of Unix and windowing system (GUI) technology
    18. 66 Martin Fowler: Famous for work on refactoring, XP, and UML
    19. 64 Sergey Brin: Son-of-college-math-professor turned cofounder of Google, Inc.
    20. 62 Dan Bricklin: Cocreator of VisiCalc, the first PC spreadsheet

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    Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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