Linus Torvalds

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Linus Torvalds

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 principal developer of the Linux kernel, which is the kernel for Linux operating systems (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 3,020,430 page views. His biography is available in 114 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 12th most popular computer scientist.

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Among computer scientists, Linus Torvalds ranks 11 out of 187Before him are Dennis Ritchie, Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Niklaus Wirth, and John McCarthy. After him are Marvin Minsky, Edgar F. Codd, Ray Kurzweil, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Ken Thompson, and Vint Cerf.

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

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In Finland

Among people born in Finland, Linus Torvalds ranks 31 out of 362Before him are Matti Nykänen (1963), Eero Saarinen (1910), Vissarion Belinsky (1811), Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865), Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804), and Mauno Koivisto (1923). After him are Aki Kaurismäki (1957), Kyösti Kallio (1873), Helene Schjerfbeck (1862), Otto Wille Kuusinen (1881), Hjalmar Siilasvuo (1892), and Mika Häkkinen (1968).