“Fame and fortune has rarely been their immediate spur. A passion for changing the world through technology s the hallmark of the IT Greats. Sometimes they have changed technology, sometimes they have transformed the way technology is marketed or radically altered the way IT is perceived by society,” ComputerWeekly writes. “Some have been involved in great leaps forward, some have made incremental changes that have stood the test of time.”
ComputerWeekly writes, “Whatever the case, our industry is truly one where we all stand on the shoulders of giants, and we are proud to pay tribute to some of them in the results of our IT Greats poll.”
Top 10 Greatest IT People:
1. Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive of Apple Computer, topped the Computer Weekly 40th anniversary poll due to the devoted following he has generated through his pioneering work in personal computing and product design.
2. Tim Berners-Lee
3. Bill Gates
4. James Gosling
5. Linus Torvalds
6. Richard Stallman
7. Arthur C Clark
8. Ted Codd
9. Steve Shirley
10. Martha Lane Fox
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rainy Day” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Note: To everyone who voted, good job!
ComputerWeekly poll: Who are the most influential IT people of past 40 years? (Steve Jobs included) – July 23, 2006