Birthdays of Tech History

Happy Birthday Technology Leaders

Happy Birthday Technology Leaders

Happy Birthday. Technology has shaped our lives in so many ways. The people behind the technology have worked in creating the items we use everyday. From mathmatical formulas, to inventions and creations of languages we didn’t know we could learn.

This is a list of people who have shaped technology for years. In most cases I have found birthdays. There is some missing information that I hope people can help fill in. Of course, if the person has passed, that will be noted as well.

This is also a working list. If you see names that should be on this list, let me know. A working copy can be found on this Google Document.

So without further ado – Here is your list of Technology birthdays.

First Last Noted for born died
Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guideto the Galaxy March 11, 1952 May 11, 2001
Jay Adelson Revision3 September 7, 1970
Beny Alagem Founder of Packard Bell *1953
Al Alcorn Pong January 1, 1948
Syed Ali CEO Cavium Networks
Paul Allen Microsoft January 21, 1953
Gil Amelio Apple CEO March 1, 1943
Bill Amend Fox Trot *September 20
Tom Anderson MySpace November 8, 1970
Marc Andreessen Mosaic July 9, 1971
Tim Armstrong AOL CEO
Michael Arrington TechCrunch, VC March 13, 1970
John Vincent Atanasoff Atanasoff-Berry Computer October 4, 1903 June 15, 1995
Ralph Baer Father of Video Games March 8, 1922
Steve Ballmer Microsoft March 24, 1956
Jim Balsillie Research in Motion March 3, 1961
Jorn Barger Invented the Blog ,1953
Andrew Baron Rocketboom March 31, 1980
Andy Bechtolsheim Sun Microsystems September 30, 1955
Steven Bellovin USENET
Tim Berners-Lee World Wide Web June 8, 1955
George Boole Invented Boolean Logic (basis to moderncomputer logic) November 2, 1815 December 8, 1864
Len Bosack Cisco *1952
Tim Bray Open Text Corporation June 21, 1955
Andrew Breitbart Editor: Drudge Report, Researcher: Huffington Post February 1, 1969 March 1, 2012
Dan Bricklin Visicalc – Father of the Spreadsheet July 16, 1951
Sergey Brin Google August 21, 1973
Chris Brogan Socail Media Author April 8, 1970
Rod Canion Compaq January 19, 1945
Michael Capellas Compaq CEO September 19, 1955
Steve Case AOL Chairman September 21, 1958
Vinton Cerf Fathers of the Internet June 23, 1943
C.C. Chapman Podsafe Music Network
Steve Chen YouTube *August 1978
James Clark Mosaic / Netscape March 23, 1944
Westley A Clark LINC *1927
Todd Cochrane RawVoice, First book on Podcasting *June, 1964
John Cocke Father of RISC May 30, 1925 July 16, 2002
Ed Colligan CEO Palm, Handspring March 4, 1961
Martin Cooper Invented the Cell Phone December 26, 1928
Dick Costolo Twitter September 10, 1963
Seymour Cray Cray Computer September 28, 1925 October 5, 1996
Mark Cuban HDNet July 31, 1958
Adam Curry Podcasting Pioneer September 3, 1064
Monte Davidoff Altair BASIC floating-point arithmetic *1956
Michael Dell Dell Computer February 23, 1965
Robert Dennard Inventor DRAM September 5, 1932
Jack Dorsey Twitter November 19, 1976
Donna Dubinsky co-founder of Handspring July 4, 1955
John C. Dvorak PC Columnist April 5, 1952
Roland Dyroff SUSE Linux
J Presper Eckert Built ENIAC April 9, 1919 June 3, 1995
Thomas Edison Light Bulb, Phonograph February 11, 1847 October 18, 1931
Jim Tice Ellis Usenet May 6, 1956 June 28, 2001
Larry Ellison Oracle August 17, 1944
Douglas Engelbart Invented the Computer Mouse January 30, 1925  July 3, 2013
Gordon Eubanks Symantec November 7, 1946
Justine Ezarik Lifecaster March 20, 1984
Federico Faggin Intel 4004 designer December 1, 1941
Dennis Fairclough Novell Data Systems
Shawn Fanning Napster November 22, 1980
Dan Farmer SATAN Tool April 5, 1962
Thomas Fehr SUSE Linux
David Filo Yahoo April 20, 1966
Brad Fitzpatrick LiveJournal February 5, 1980
Bob Frankston Visicalc June 14, 1949
Janus Friis Skype June 26, 1976
Steve Garfield First Video Blogger *1957
Bill Gates Microsoft October 28, 1955
Louis Gerstner IBM March 1, 1942
Noah Glass Twitter
Gaston Gonnet Open Text Corporation
Alexander Graham Bell Invented Telephone March 3,1847 August 2, 1922
Wayne Green 80 Micro, Byte Magazine September 3, 1922 September 13, 2013
Barry Greenstein Symantec December 30, 1954
Jacques Salomon Hadamard Mathmatician December 8, 1865 October 17, 1963
Ben Hammersley First Internet Reporter, coined”Podcast April 3, 1976
Reed Hastings Netflix October 8, 1960
Steven Hawking Theoretical physics January 8, 1942
Jeff Hawkins Founder of Palm June 1, 1957
Gary Hendrix Symantec
Bill Hewlett HP May 20, 1913 January 12, 2001
Marcian Edward Hoff Jr. Inventor of the microprocessor October 28, 1937
Ried Hoffman LinkedIn August 5, 1967
Jen-Hsun Huang co-founder Nvidia February 17, 1963
Edwin Hubble Hubble Telescope November 20, 1889 September 28, 1953
Arianna Huffington Huffington Post July 15, 1950
Mark Hurd Oracle January 1, 1957
Chad Hurley YouTube January 1, 1977
Carl Icahn Investor February 16, 1936
Fredrik Idestam Nokia October 28, 1838 April 8, 1916
Steve Jobs Apple, NeXT, Pixar February 24, 1955 October 5, 2011
Reynold Johnson RAMAC July 16, 1906 September 15, 1998
Bill Joy Sun Microsystems November 8, 1954
Bob Kahn Invented TCPIP December 23, 1938
Dean Kamen Segway April 5, 1951
Justine Kan Lifecaster, Justin.tv *1984
Phillip Katz PKWare November 3, 1962 April 14, 2000
Guy Kawasaki VC and Former Apple Employee August 30, 1954
Brian Kernighan UNIX co-creator *January 1942
Vinod Khosla Sun Microsystems January 28, 1955
Gary Kildall Created CP/M May 19, 1942 July 11, 1994
Kane Kramer Inventor of the MP3 Player (Digital AudioPlayer) April 23, 1956
Stanley Kubrick Film Director: 2001 July 26, 1928 March 7, 1999
Sarah Lane The Screen Savers October 12, 1976
Leo Laporte Technology broadcaster November 29, 1956
Christopher Latham Sholes QWERTY Keyboard February 14, 1819 February 17, 1890
Mike Lazaridis Research in Motion March 14, 1961
Sandy Lerner Cisco *1952
Cali Lewis GeekBeat.TV January 25, 1981
Jim Louderback Revision3 *1961
Steve Madere Deja News (Google Groups)
Theodore Maiman Invented the Laser July 11, 1927 May 5, 2007
Drew Major Novell Data Systems June 17, 1956
Louis-Jacques- Mandé Daguerre Invented Photograph November 18, 1787 July 10, 1851
Hubert Mantel SUSE Linux
Paul Maritz VMWare *1955
James Martin The Wired Society 1933 June 24, 2013
John Mauchly Built ENIAC August 30, 1907 January 8, 1980
Stanley Mazor Intel 4004 designer October 22, 1941
ken McCarthy Internet pioneer September 20, 1959
Douglas Mcllroy UNIX co-creator *1932
Scott McNealy Sun Microsystems November 13, 1954
Leo Mechelin Nokia November 24, 1839 January 26, 1914
Dmitri Mendeleev Created Periodic Table of Elements February 8, 1834 February 2, 1907
Kevin Mitnick Hacker August 6, 1963
Charles Molnar LINC *1935 *1996
Gordon Moore co-founder Intel March 3, 1929
Samuel Morse Telegraph April 27, 1791 April 2, 1872
Walt Mossberg Journalist March 27, 1947
Matt Mullenweg WordPress January 11, 1984
Nicholas Negroponte OLPC, MIT’s Technology Lab December 1, 1943
Raymond Noorda Novell CEO June 19, 1924 October 9, 2006
William Charles Norris Control Data Corporation CEO July 14, 1911 August 21, 2006
Kevin Norton The Screen Savers, Tekzilla June 26, 1970
Peter Norton Norton Antivirus November 14, 1943
Robert Noyce co-founder Intel December 12, 1927
Wilgodt Odhner Invented mechanical calculator August 10, 1845 September 15, 1905
Scott Oki Built Microsoft International October 5, 1948
Ken Olsen DEC February 20, 1926 February 6, 2011
Adam Osborne Osborne Computers March 6, 1939 March 18, 2003
Joe Ossanna UNIX co-creator December 10, 1928 November 28, 1977
David Packard HP September 7, 1912 March 26, 1996
Larry Page Google March 26, 1973
Tom Phillips Microsoft, Amazon *1959 December 3, 2011
Chris Pirillo Call for Help, Pirillo.com July 26, 1973
Robert Pittman Founder of MTV, AOL CEO December 28, 1953
David Prager Revision3 January 17, 1977
Robert Price Control Data Corporation CEO September 26, 1930
James Ready Pioneer Real-time embedded OperatingSystem
Jennifer Ringley Lifecaster, Jennicam August 10, 1976
Dennis Ritchie UNIX, C Programming Language September 9, 1941 October 12, 2011
Ed Roberts Father of PC September 13, 1941 April 1, 2010
Lawrence Roberts Developer of Internet *1937
Michael Robertson Linspire *1967
kevin rose DIGG February 21, 1977
Andrew Rubin Creator of Android OS
Carl Sagan Astronomer November 9, 1934 December 20, 1996
Jerry Sanders co-founder AMD September 12, 1936
Steven Sasson Invented the Digital Camera July 4, 1950
Eric Schmidt Google April 27, 1955
Robert Scoble Video blogger January 18, 1965
John Sculley Apple President April 16, 1939
Alexander Shafto Douglas Created first Computer gama OXO May 21, 1921 April 29, 2010
Masatoshi Shima Intel 4004 designer August 22, 1943
Alan Shugart Invented Floppy Disk September 27, 1930 December 12, 2006
Sir Clive Sinclair Sinclair Radionics July 30, 1940
Elmer Ambrose Sperry Gyrocompass Inventor October 12, 1860 June 16, 1930
Richard Stallman GNU Project March 16, 1953
Biz Stone Twitter March 10, 1974
Aaron Swartz RSS Feeds November 8, 1986 January 12, 2013
Henn Tan Invented the Thumb Drive Somtime in the 1950′s
Charles Tandy Tandy Computers May 15, 1918 November 4, 1978
Andrew Tanenbaum Author of MINIX March 16, 1944
Robert William Taylor Internet pioneer *1932
Nikola Tesla Pioneer of Technology July 10, 1890 January 7, 1943
Ken Thompson UNIX co-creator February 4, 1943
Ray Tomlinson Created Email *1941
Linus Torvalds Created Linux OS December 28, 1969
Jack Tramiel Commodore, Atari December 13, 1928
James Treybig Founder Tandem Computers
Tom Truscott Usenet
Alan Turing Turing Machine June 23, 1912 June 7, 1954
Edwin Turney co-founder AMD March 26, 1929
Masayuki Uemura Nintendo Entertainment Center June 20, 1943
Guido van Rossum Python January 31, 1956
Gary Vaynerchuck Video Podcaster, Social Media November 14, 1975
Wietse Venema SATAN Tool May 4, 1905
Jimmy Wales Wikipedia August 7, 1966
Bob Wallace Creator of Quicksoft May 29, 1949 September 20, 2002
An Wang Wang Laboratories February 7, 1920 March 24, 1990
Thomas A Watson Assistant to Alexander Graham Bell January 18,1854 December 13, 1934
Thomas J Watson IBM President (1914-1956) February 17, 1874 June 19, 1956
Thomas J Watson Jr IBM President (1952-1971) January 14, 1914 December 31, 1993
Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes July 5, 1958
Ronald Wayne Apple Founder May 17, 1934
Orson Welles War of the Worlds May 6, 1937 October 10, 1985
Aled Williams Coined term “Podcasting”
Evan Williams Twitter March 31, 1972
Jake Winebaum FamilyPC Magazine *1959
Anthony Wood Inventor PVR – Roku Unknown
Steve Wozniak Apple August 11, 1950
Fusajiro Yamauchi Nintendo Founder November 22, 1859 January, 1940
Jerry Yang Yahoo November 6, 1968
Gunpei Yokoi Nintendo Game Boy September 10, 1941 October 4, 1997
Carl Zeiss Maker of Optical Instruments September 11, 1816 December 3, 1888
Niklas Zennstrom Skype February 16, 1966
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook May 14, 1984

About the Author

I love tech history. I enjoy how we evolved from computers that fill a room to computers we wear on our bodies. I have put a full archive of tech history together at Wikazine. You can also talk history at Google +. I am also a podcaster and V-caster at Geekazine and a Podcast Coach at How to Record Podcasts. You can also sign up for a Helpout