Influential Computer Programmers

Where do I start?

Reference Databases (HHS)

  • Britannica School (Encyclopedia): Britannica School offers traditional encyclopedia articles that can verify dates, spelling, and other details. Britannica School also links to magazine articles, web sites, and media for your research.

  • CREDO Reference: Credo has Topic Pages, Mind Maps, and plenty of reference titles to help you get started off with solid information.

  • Oxford Reference: Oxford reference is an authoritative reference database that includes many reference works that are standards in their field. It's a great resource. If you're having trouble finding information, give Oxford Reference a try.

Full-Length Biographies

There are four places where Highland students may easily access full-length biographies. 


For this project I recommend you start by perform a Subject search to retrieve the best results from our databases.

List of Programmers

  • Grace Hopper

  • Ada Lovelace

  • Bill Gates

  • Alan Turing

  • Peter Djikstra

  • Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson

  • Steve Jobs

  • George Boole

  • Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (algorithm)

  • Alexis Ohanian

  • Charles Babbage

  • Vint Cerf


  • Ian Spalter

  • Marvin Minsky

  • Margaret Hamilton

  • Mark Zuckerberg

  • Hari Parvati

  • Markus Alexej Persson

  • Eric Barone

  • Guido van Rossum

  • Bob Kahn

  • Shigeru Miyamoto

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Podcast Resources

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Student Podcast Challenge


  • Open Broadcaster Software for Streaming (free): If you're looking to stream to Twitch, YouTube, or nearly any other platform, free streaming software OBS is the industry standard. The open source software is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux and is sponsored by Twitch, Facebook, and Nvidia, among other big-name brands.

  • Audacity (free): From GarageBand to Pro Tools, there are many great digital audio workstations to record audio with. But the best free option for most beginner podcasters and streamers is Audacity. It has everything you'll need to edit and upload audio, plus an easy-to-use interface.