Linus Benedict Torvalds
Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems, like GNU and Android. Later became the chief architect of the Linux kernel and now acts as the project’s coordinator. Also created Git. Was honored, along with Shinya Yamanaka, with the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize by the Technology Academy Finland in recognition of his creation of a new open source operating system for computers leading to the widely used Linux kernel. Is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award.