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Steve Russell

1937 - Today

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Stephen Russell (born 1937), also nicknamed "Slug", is an American computer scientist most famous for creating Spacewar!, well known for being the first widely distributed video game. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Steve Russell has received more than 69,526 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Steve Russell is the 146th most popular computer scientist (down from 117th in 2019), the 8,377th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,285th in 2019) and the 87th most popular American Computer Scientist.

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  • 70k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 43.79

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 18

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.80

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.17

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among computer scientists, Steve Russell ranks 146 out of 201Before him are David Patterson, Rob Pike, Robert Tarjan, Richard Garriott, Kristen Nygaard, and Bertrand Meyer. After him are Martin Fowler, Raj Reddy, Kent Beck, Chuck Peddle, Bruce Schneier, and Tim Paterson.

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Among people born in 1937, Steve Russell ranks 399Before him are Chris Blackwell, Ramón Abeledo, Francesco Janich, James MacArthur, Georg Thoma, and Benny Paret. After him are Antonio Bailetti, Gregory Sierra, Magic Sam, Duane Jones, Raj Reddy, and Matthew Carter.

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Among people born in United States, Steve Russell ranks 8,377 out of 18,182Before him are John Kundla (1916), Philip Schuyler (1733), Rob Morrow (1962), Mark Hoppus (1972), Assata Shakur (1947), and Boyd Holbrook (1981). After him are Scott Ian (1963), Iris Chang (1968), Kat Dennings (1986), James P. Bagian (1952), Reid Hoffman (1967), and Gregory Sierra (1937).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Steve Russell ranks 87Before him are Randy Pausch (1960), Jaron Lanier (1960), Kevin Systrom (1983), James Rumbaugh (1947), David Patterson (1947), and Robert Tarjan (1948). After him are Kent Beck (1961), Chuck Peddle (1937), Bruce Schneier (1963), Brewster Kahle (1960), Dave Cutler (1942), and Grady Booch (1955).