- Ada Lovelace, for the first algorithm on a Turing machine (Bernoulli numbers), which included conditional branches, loops and subroutines, and for recognizing such a machine is capable of more than solving numerical problems.
- Donald Knuth, for a work of beauty on TAOCP and TeX.
- Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson, for Unix and C, laying the groundwork for today's server operating systems.
- Bill Gates, for his contribution to the microcomputer software revolution, combining technical brilliance (Altair Basic) with business instinct (dealing with IBM) at a very young age.
- John Carmack, for revolutionizing game programming several times.
- Linus Torvalds, for bestowing Linux and git upon the world.
Read about their story in my slide deck below: