Linus Torvalds

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Linus Benedict Torvalds ( LEE-nəs TOR-vawldz, Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnʉs ˈtuːrvɑlds] ; born 28 December 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and lead developer of the Linux kernel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Linus Torvalds has received more than 5,855,275 page views. His biography is available in 120 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 114 in 2019). Linus Torvalds is the 11th most popular computer scientist, the 27th most popular biography from Finland (up from 30th in 2019) and the most popular Finnish Computer Scientist.

Linus Torvalds is most famous for creating the Linux kernel.

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Among computer scientists, Linus Torvalds ranks 11 out of 245Before him are Niklaus Wirth, Dennis Ritchie, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Donald Knuth, John McCarthy, and Lotfi A. Zadeh. After him are Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Edgar F. Codd, Marvin Minsky, Ivan Sutherland, George Dantzig, and Ray Kurzweil.

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Among people born in 1969, Linus Torvalds ranks 15Before him are Gerard Butler, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matthew McConaughey, Javier Bardem, and Edward Norton. After him are Dennis Bergkamp, Steffi Graf, Antonio Conte, Siniša Mihajlović, Chyna, and Wes Anderson.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Linus Torvalds ranks 27 out of 751Before him are Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832), Vissarion Belinsky (1811), Arto Paasilinna (1942), Johan Gadolin (1760), Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865), and Ragnar Granit (1900). After him are Kyösti Kallio (1873), Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804), George Gaynes (1917), Otto Wille Kuusinen (1881), Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia (1917), and Mauno Koivisto (1923).


Among computer scientists born in Finland, Linus Torvalds ranks 1