Here are three IT pioneers who are still making their mark in the field:
1. Tim Berners-Lee
Repeatedly listed as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by international publishers like Time magazine, British computer scientist Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web. He pioneered this revolutionary technology in 1989 while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Although he changed the world forever with his invention, Berners-Lee is not resting on his laurels. He is currently working on something called the Semantic Web, sometimes known as Web 3.0. The goal of the project is to make Internet data machine-readable.
2. Bjarne Stroustrup
The Danish computer scientist, who currently lives and works in New York, is best known for his invention and development of the C++ programming language. Although he invented the language around 40 years ago, it remains one of the most widely used programming languages. Preferred by developers for its power and flexibility, it is used in operating systems, web browsers, search engines like Google, games, business applications, and many other areas of computing. Stroustrup and the nearly 400 members of the C++ Standards Committee continue to add new features and capabilities to the language, making it more expressive today than ever.
3. James Gosling
Often referred to as “Dr. Java,” the Canadian computer scientist is the founder and lead designer of Java, one of the world’s most popular programming languages, especially for client-server web applications. The computer scientist has worked at the cutting edge of pioneering technology, at Sun Microsystems, Google and even Amazon Web Services. He is known for writing software for the Waveglider, an autonomous ocean robot, and also recently worked on Jackpot, a research project aimed at making programming easier for everyone.