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Alan Turing

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 Alan Turing
Born: 23 June 1912 in London, England.
Died: 7 June 1954 (aged 41) Cheshire, England.
Fields: Computer Science

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Alan Turing was British mathematician, logician and computer scientist, widely regarded as the father of computer science for formalizing the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation”

During World War II, Turing was head of Hut 8, a British intelligence unit tasked with  cryptanalysis of the German navy. He devised a number of techniques for breaking German cyphers, very possibly making him one of the first people to fit the definition of hacker. After the war, he designed ACE, one of the first concepts for a stored-program computer. Read More→

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Linus Torvalds

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 Linus Torvalds
Born: December 28, 1969 in Helsinki, Finland
Fields: Computer Science

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Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer best known for his huge role in the development of the Linux operating system. Even though Linux has not received the mainstream popularity that Microsoft Windows has, it has filled a lot of niches thanks to its open-source nature allowing users to edit the system to their liking. One of the most notable successes of Linux in everyday life is Google’s Android mobile operating system, essentially a mobile-optimized version of  Linux. Thanks to all the third party contributions, it is said that Torvalds himself writes less than two percent of the kernel.

Thanks to his creation, Torvalds has been named one of the inagural inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. On April 20th of the same year he was one of two winners Read More→

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