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The 50 Most Influential Living Computer Scientists

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Leslie Lamport, Valerie Taylor, Butler Lampson

As their reliability, accessibility, and affordability continues to increase by orders of magnitude, new technologies have insinuated themselves into everyday life. Who are the men and women behind these technologies? Who made the conceptual breakthroughs that prepared the ground for the computing revolution, and who carried it to fruition? compiled a list of 50 mathematicians, logicians, and computer scientists who did most of the scientific spadework that laid the foundations for today's world. While many of those who laid the foundation are now deceased, the list includes only living people.

The majority of the individuals on this list below are winners of the ACM A.M. Turing Award bestowed every year since 1966 by the Association for Computing Machinery, and widely regarded as the highest award for achievement in the field of computer science.

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