Linus Torvalds

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Linus Benedict Torvalds ( LEE-nəs TOR-vawldz, Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnʉs ˈtuːrvɑlds] (listen); born 28 December 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, historically, the main developer of the Linux kernel, used by Linux distributions and other operating systems such as Android and Chrome OS. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Linus Torvalds has received more than 3,699,419 page views. His biography is available in 115 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 31st 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 205Before him are Richard Stallman, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Lotfi A. Zadeh, and John McCarthy. After him are Edgar F. Codd, Ken Thompson, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Vint Cerf, and George Dantzig.

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Among people born in 1969, Linus Torvalds ranks 14Before him are Matthew McConaughey, Javier Bardem, Renée Zellweger, Gabriel Batistuta, Edward Norton, and Gerard Butler. After him are Peter Dinklage, Steffi Graf, Felix Baumgartner, Dennis Bergkamp, Antonio Conte, and Matthew Perry.

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Linus Torvalds ranks 27 out of 509Before him are George Gaynes (1917), Vissarion Belinsky (1811), Pehr Evind Svinhufvud (1861), Ragnar Granit (1900), Otto Wille Kuusinen (1881), and Eero Saarinen (1910). After him are Aki Kaurismäki (1957), Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865), Mauno Koivisto (1923), Helene Schjerfbeck (1862), Tom of Finland (1920), and Kyösti Kallio (1873).


Among computer scientists born in Finland, Linus Torvalds ranks 1