G Names: Famous People in Technology

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Gates, Bill

Co-founder, chairman and chief software architect for Microsoft Corporation. Gates and Paul Allen began Microsoft in 1975 while they were students at Harvard based on a version of BASIC that they wrote to run on the first digital personal computer, the Altair 8800. Gates led Microsoft to develop MS-DOS, the operating system used by a large portion of the world’s personal computers. Among his other associations, Gates sits on the board of the Icos Corporation and is a shareholder in Darwin Molecular, a subsidiary of British-based Chiroscience.

Geschke, Chuck

Co-founded Adobe Systems in 1982 with John Warnock. Geschke, retired from his position as president, currently shares the chairmanship of the board with Warnock. Prior to co-founding Adobe Systems, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1980, where he directed research activities in the fields of computer science, graphics, image processing, and optics. Previously, he was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC’s computer sciences laboratory.

Goldfarb, Charles

While working at IBM in 1969, Goldfarb developed the GML language and coined the term “markup language.”. In 1974, he created SGML and then wrote the first SGML parser, ARCSGML. Goldfarb later turned SGML into the ISO 8879 standard, the standard on which XML and HTML are based, and served as the standard’s editor. In addition, Goldfarb wrote The XML Handbook.

Gosling, James

The principal architect of Sun Microsystem’s Java language. Gosling designed the original Java language and implemented its original compiler and virtual machine. He has built satellite data acquisition systems, a multiprocessor version of UNIX, several compilers, mail systems and window managers. He has also built a WYSIWYG text editor, a constraint-based drawing editor and a text editor called “Emacs” for Unix systems. At Sun his early activity was as lead engineer of the NeWS window system.

Grove, Andy

Co-founder and current chairman of Intel Corporation. Intel’s developments in the use of microchips have helped shape the direction of modern computer technology. From 1987 to 1998 Grove served as Intel’s CEO. He holds several patents on semiconductor devices and technology. In 1963, he received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation, he joined the research and development laboratory of Fairchild Semiconductor and became assistant director of research and development in 1967 before he left to start Intel. Grove is the recipient of many awards, including the 1987 Engineering Leadership Recognition Award from the IEEE and Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1997.

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This article was originally published on June 24, 2010

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