IT World: Superclass: 14 of the world’s best living programmers

Linus Torvalds

Main claim to fame: Creator of Linux

Credentials: Created the Linux kernel and Git, an open source version control system. Winner of numerous awards and honors, including the EFF Pioneer Award in 1998, theBritish Computer Society’s Lovelace Medal in 2000, theMillenium Technology Prize in 2012 and the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer Pioneer Award in 2014. Also inducted into the Computer History Museum’s Hall of Fellows in 2008 and the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012.

Quote: “He's pretty darn good.” Alok Tripathy

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