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Intel lists its 45 most influential technologists

by Parm Mann on 29 January 2008, 13:36

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Founder of the world wide web takes top spot

Intel recently took the time to assemble a panel of experts including academics, journalists and independent third parties to vote on technology's 45 most influential people at a judging session held in London last week.

The winner? Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the 52 year old English-born developer, who invented the World Wide Web in March 1989. Acknowledged by Intel, Sir Berners-Lee has been labelled as "the most influential person in technology over the past 150 years for his impact on society and ground-breaking technology". We couldn't argue with that.

The list features the two founders of Google in second and third places, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, as Internet-based innovation leads the way. Highlighting the gender imbalance in technology over the past 150 years, the list features just three female entrants. Meg Whitman, chief executive of eBay, Ada Lovelace, who developed the analytic engine and Grace Hopper, who developed the first compiler for a computer programming language.

The two founders of Intel, Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce both featured in the top ten and perhaps surprising to some, Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates failed to do so, they both make the list at 14th and 31st, respectively.

Here is the complete list of Intel's 45 most influential technologists from the past 150 years:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee (Founder of the modern-day World Wide  Web)
  2. Sergey Brin (Co-founder of  Google)
  3. Larry Page (Co-founder of  Google)
  4. Guglielmo Marconi (Inventor of the Radiotelegraph system)
  5. Jack Kilby (Inventor of the Integrated Circuit and Calculator)
  6. Gordon Moore (Co-founder of Intel)
  7. Alan Turing (played a major role in deciphering German  Code in WWII)
  8. Robert Noyce (Co-founder of Intel)
  9. William Shockley (Co-Inventor of the Transistor)
  10. Don Estridge (Led the development of the IBM computer)
  11. Doug Engelbert
  12. Robert Metcalfe
  13. Vint Cerf
  14. Steve Jobs
  15. Andrew Grove
  16. Seymour Cray
  17. Pierre Omidyar
  18. Shawn Fanning
  19. Dennis Ritchie
  20. Ted Hoff
  21. Linus Torvalds
  22. Shuji Nakamura
  23. Dave Packard
  24. Jean Hoerni
  25. William Hewlett
  26. John Logie Baird
  27. George Boole
  28. Martin Cooper
  29. John Pinkerton
  30. Grace Hopper
  31. Bill Gates
  32. Herman Hollerith
  33. Thomas Watson
  34. Jeff Bezos
  35. Meg Whitman
  36. Ada Lovelace
  37. Nolan Bushnell
  38. Claude Shannon
  39. Charles Babbage
  40. John Chambers
  41. Philo Farnsworth
  42. Steve Wozniak
  43. Larry Ellison
  44. Michael Dell
  45. Maurice Wilkes

What do you think of the list? With Internet pioneers featuring at the top, do you think it's a surprise that the founders of Facebook and MySpace haven't been given a mention? Are there any technologists that you feel should have made the list but haven't? Share your thoughts in the HEXUS community.


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Linus Torvalds > Bill Gates

It's official. Intel prefers Linux to Windows. ;)
A brit at the top hooray!
and Marconi didn't invent the radio Nikola Tesla did , Marconi nicked his idea
and Marconi didn't invent the radio Nikola Tesla did

Quite a few people seem to be the father of the radio or have some claim.