Mark Zuckerberg PDF Print E-mail
Mark Zuckerberg

Born on May 14, 1984, in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room. He left Harvard after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site, the user base of which has grown to over 250 million people, making Zuckerberg a billionaire. The birth of Facebook was recently portrayed in the filmThe Social Network. Zuckerberg developed an interest in computers at an early age; when he was about 12, he used Atari BASIC to create a messaging program he named "Zucknet." His father used the program in his dental office, so that the receptionist could inform him of a new patient without yelling across the room. The family also used Zucknet to communicate within the house. Together with his friends, he also created computer games just for fun. "I had a bunch of friends who were artists," he said. "They'd come over, draw stuff, and I'd build a game out of it."

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Linus Torvalds PDF Print E-mail
Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer, known for his development of Linux. He became the chief architect of the Linux kernel, and is now the project’s coordinator. Born in Helsinki, Finland, on December 28, 1969, Linus Torvalds is the son of Anna and Nils Torvalds. He was named after Linus Pauling, who was one of the greatest chemists of all time. He had a happy childhood, despite his parents’ divorce, and lived with his mother and grandparents. It was in his early years that he began to enjoy computers. After his grandfather bought a computer, Torvalds became bored with the programs and began creating his own.
From 1988 to 1996 Torvalds attended the University of Helsinki and graduated with a master’s degree in computer science. After his first year of study he joined the Finnish army, which interrupted his studies. He spent 11 months in officer training to fulfill the madatory military service of Finland. He holds the rank of second lieutenant. He then resumed his studies in 1990. It was in 1987 that Torvalds bought his own personal computer. His search for a better computer system failed. Torvalds then decided to create his own operating system from scratch, thus the birth of Linux. Linux was based off of MINIX and UNIX. The name comes from what he called Linus’ MINIX. He planned to call it Freax which was a combination of free,freak and MINIX, but it kept it’s name Linux.

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Douglas C. Engelbart PDF Print E-mail
Douglas C. Engelbart

Dr. Douglas C. Engelbart, Founder Emeritus of the Doug Engelbart Institute*, established an unparalleled track record in predicting, designing, and implementing the future of organizational computing. From his early vision of turning organizations into augmented knowledge workshops, he went on to pioneer what is now known as collaborative hypermedia, knowledge management, community networking, and organizational transformation. Well-known technological firsts include the mouse, display editing, windows, cross-file editing, outline processing, hypermedia, and groupware. Integrated prototypes were in full operation under the NLS system, as early as 1968. In the last decade of its continued evolution, thousands of users have benefited from its unique team support capabilities.
After 20 years directing his Augmentation Research Center (ARC) lab at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), and 11 years as senior scientist, first at Tymshare, and then at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Engelbart founded the Bootstrap Institute*, where he worked closely with industry and government stakeholders to launch a collaborative implementation of his work for over a decade. Engelbart received numerous awards for outstanding lifetime achievement and ingenuity, including the National Medal of Technology, the Lemelson-MIT Prize, and ACM's 1997 A.M. Turing Award. His life's work, with his "big-picture" vision and persistent pioneering breakthroughs, has made a significant impact on the past, present, and future of personal, interpersonal, and organizational computing.

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Robert (Bob) Kahn PDF Print E-mail
Robert (Bob) Kahn

Robert (Bob) Kahn, along with Vinton Cerf, is co-designer of theTCP/IP Internet network protocol. Kahn laid the open architecture foundations for the TCP/IP protocol, providing the Internet with one of its most distinctive features and what has proven to be a key advantage. Kahn obtained a Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1964, worked for a while at AT&T Bell Laboratories, and then became an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. He later went to work at Bolt Beranek and Newman, and helped build the Interface Message Processor.
In 1972, Kahn was hired by Lawrence Roberts at the IPTO to work on networking technologies, and in October he gave a demonstration of an ARPANET network connecting 40 different computers at the International Computer Communication Conference, making the network widely known for the first time to people from around the world. At the IPTO, Kahn worked on an existing project to establish a satellite packet network, and initiated a project to establish a ground-based radio packet network. These experiences convinced him of the need for development of an open-architecture network model, where any network could communicate with any other independent of individual hardware and software configuration.

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Theodore “Ted” Waitt PDF Print E-mail

Theodore “Ted” Waitt, born January 18, 1963 in Iowa’s Sioux City, is the co-founder of Gateway, Inc. He and co-founder Mike Hammond established the company using a $10,000 loan that Ted Waitt got from his grandmother. Since Ted Waitt grew up in a family with a cattle business, they used cow-spotted boxes for their computer hardware deliveries. Gateway actually pioneered the idea of direct marketing. Although Ted Waitt majored in marketing at the University of Iowa, he eventually dropped out of school when he became intrigued and fascinated with the basics of computer retailing. He spent nine months at Century Systems where he met Mike Hammond. The rest, as they say, is history. Ted Waitt turned over Gateway’s day-to-day operations and the CEO title to Wayne Inouye in 2004. A year later, he tendered his resignation as chairman. With that move, Ted Waitt bid goodbye to the company he co-founded almost 20 years earlier

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