CNET’s Crave: Top ten all-time ten nerds and geeks (#2 Woz, #4 Bill Gates)

“The geek shall inherit the earth, and history has proven this true. From the magnificent lightning storms of the eccentric Nikola Tesla to the time Charles Babbage cooked himself in an oven to ‘see what would happen,’ history is littered with nerds who made it big,” Crave at CNET writes.

Crave writes, “But who is the geekiest of them all? Is it Diogenes who lived in a barrel for most of his life, or is it John von Neumann, who was known to get arrested for reading scientific papers and driving at the same time? Will Steve Wozniak steal the top spot for inventing the Apple computer in a garage, or is Linus Torvalds the obvious winner? Crave’s votes are in and counted: here’s your definitive guide to the top ten nerds and geeks.”

The Top 10:
1. Nikola Tesla
2. Steve Wozniak: Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs. While Jobs was the entrepreneur behind the company, Wozniak took on the challenge of literally soldering together the first Apple in Job’s garage. Woz apparently invented the Apple to impress friends at his computer club. He designed a floppy disc controller from scratch, met his wife on a Dial-a-Joke line he set up, and was the first person to buy a Segway PT.
3. Alan Turing
4. Bill Gates: Though not history’s most impressive nerd, Bill Gates has come to quintessentially represent our modern concept of geekdom. His bespectacled face and quirky mannerisms are famous across the world. Gates founded Microsoft in 1975, and through a series of ingenious — some say downright underhand — manoeuvres, Microsoft went on to make Gates the richest man on earth.
5. Charles Babbage
6. Diogenes
7. Heath Robinson
8. Linus Torvalds
9. John Von Neumann
10. Rob Malda

Full article here.


  1. Stephen Hawking is a little jerk and will be forgotten about half an hour after he kicks off. His wife beats him. This is true.. His wife beats the crap out of his ass. Some speculate she is cruel, I believe she knows the truth about his theories, that they are really, really stupid.

    Stephen Hawking is the Steven Ballmer of physics. The trailer trash of the world think he is a genius.

  2. I forgot one point. Stephen Hawking is better at gymnastics than he is at physics. His claim to fame is that he is a “genius” trapped in a wheel chair. Of course, this is novel, an irony, a classic paradox. The wheel chair part is true.

  3. i think it must be hard to be a good dancer and a bad-ass at the same time.

    stopping mid-shimmie to rough up some poor passer-by takes alot of skill and talent.

    “what you looking at mutha f**cka, you want me to get all torvel & dean on your ass bit*h?!!!”

  4. Dion-

    Physicists are elite assholes by nature. The only really human one of the bunch was Einstein.

    As for all-time nerds and geeks:

    Steve Ballmer? (Tie with Gates?)

    Carl Sagan?

    The Wright Brothers?

    M.C. Escher?

    Any world chess master?

    The group of people that lines up days in advanced to buy a stupid video game deck?

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