We live in an increasingly digital world, and computer engineers are an important part of the social fabric today. Computer engineering is more than just writing good code; it is also about designing and developing new software, technologies, and applications that change the way we do things. So, if you have been wondering about pursuing a degree in computer engineering from an international engineering college, this list of the top five greatest computer scientists (after Charles Babbage, of course!) and their achievements should help you make up your mind:
1.Tim Berners Lee
Sir Timothy Berners Lee is a famous British computer scientist, who created the World Wide Web or the ‘internet’ as we know it. In November 1989, Lee and his team successfully implemented the first communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and a server, opening the gateway to sharing information across the virtual world. For his achievement, Lee was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and inducted into the World Wide Web Hall Of Fame, where he is one of only six members.
Known as the inventor of the C programming language and the UNIX operating system, Ritchie was a celebrated and oft-awarded computer engineer. With his pioneering work, he paved the way for the creation of various software applications, embedded system development, and new-age operating systems like Windows and Linux. Ritchie passed away in 2011, and the Fedora Linux 16 was released in his memory.
3.Linus Benedict Torvalds
A Finnish-American computer engineer, Torvalds was the dreamer behind the development of the Linux kernel. Due to his immensely important contribution to the project, he was later offered the role of the project’ chief architect and is currently the coordinator for the kernel project. In 2012, Torvalds was awarded the Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland, in honour of the open source operating system he helped develop. Torvalds was also the driving force behind popular distribution version control system Git, and Subsurface – a diving log software.
The American scientist Donald Ervin Knuth is dubbed the ‘Father of Algorithms’. He retired as a Professor Emeritus from the prestigious Stanford University, and is known for his work in developing and systemising formal mathematical techniques for the analysis of computational complexity of algorithms. His work has been instrumental in advancing the field of theoretical computer science, and popularising the asymptotic notation.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, James Arthur Gosling will forever be remembered as the creator of the Java Programming Language. Since 1994, application developers have been using Java and its ‘write once, run anywhere’ (WORA) features to code for computer and Android applications. Without Java, the smartphones we use today would probably not be the same! The importance of Gosling’s work is reflected in his appointment as the Foreign Associate member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, and by the number of mobile applications flooding the internet today.
The list above is by no means comprehensive, and with the right education and career choices, you too could be on it someday! Make the most of your student years by enrolling in the ICAS Manipal International Transfer Programme and choose from the best foreign universities to complete your B. Tech abroad.
About ICAS Manipal
ICAS Manipal has been facilitating a unique International Transfer Programme for students wanting to study B.Tech abroad. Under the programme, students can complete the first two years of study at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India. The following two years can be pursued at a premium university in the foreign country of their choice, such as USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Canada and France among others by transferring their credits obtained from the first two years of study.