Scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs often work behind the scenes, garnering less recognition than their creations and companies. But these 14 heroes left lasting legacies that changed the course of history. They invented lights, computers, cars, and media; they founded Adobe, Gartner, Sinclair, and Silicon Valley; they fought for accessibility, freedom of information, and human rights.
As we reflect on the past year, we at Computerworld honor these exceptional innovators who passed away in the last 12 months.
March 13, 1935 – December 12, 2020