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04 February 2010, 17:18

Linus Torvalds named one of the 100 most influential inventors

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Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds
The book "The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time", part of a series from the Encyclopaedia Britannica titled "The Britannica Guide to the World's Most Influential People", lists the top one hundred most important and influential inventors since Cro-Magnon man. Linus Torvalds, creator and chief architect of the Linux kernel, is listed among the IT innovators for his contribution to open source software.

Other notable individuals listed in the book include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Apple's co-founders Steve Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Burners-Lee, and Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf, creators of the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP).

A previewPDF of the first 21 pages of the book, including a list of the most influential inventors, is available online.


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