This is a great article:
Famous-Programmers I ran into this while reading slashdot this morning. I loved the article. Here is a short summary:
About 50% of famous programmers got their fame from one project only.
Inventing a language or an algorithm
Writing a compiler, an application or tool, a game, an OS, or a book
There was also a very interesting part of the article that talked about how 97% of famous programmers are men. The article does a great job of defining famous too, which I liked.
There are 5 famous women:
1. Adele Goldberg
2. Grace Hopper
3. Ada Lovelace
4. Emily Short
5. Pamela Crossely
6. Roberta Williams
7. Danielle Bunten Barry
Since I have always wanted to be a famous programmer, I found this very interesting. Well, looks like the key is finding a really important project that adds a lot of value. hummmmm
List of famous software engineers