Famous Programmers That Changed History

Grant Darling
7 min readOct 21, 2021

Famous Programmers

Programming has historically been a very individualistic pastime. It is a shame, but coders rarely reap the fame for their accomplishments. Every now and then some really bright minds end up being honored for their work and are recognized for changing the course of history as we know it. In this article, we are going to introduce some of the most famous programmers in the world that changed history. If you are a programmer or interested in the tech world, then read on for some real inspiration!

Ada Lovelace

Famous For: First Ever Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace is thought to be the first-ever computer programmer. Writing her first program a century before the computer was even invented!

Ada’s first program was written after a fellow mathematician by the name of Charles Babbage invented a calculating machine named the Difference Engine. Afterward, Ada had published a piece of work that showcased how the engine could be used to solve complex mathematical calculations. From that moment, programming as a concept was born and the rest became history.

Lovelace’s accomplishments make her the most important, famous programmer in the world. She has even been given a day of celebration called Ada Lovelace Day. A day to honor the contribution of women in STEM. In 1979, the U.S. Department of Defense also created a language after her called Ada; with a primary goal of superseding the various different languages used by the military at the time.

Ada Lovelace is a true role model for the creativity and logic she possessed that is needed to become a truly great programmer. She is also a clear example of why we need more women in Computer Science!

Linus Torvalds

Famous For: Creating Linux & Git