Linus Benedict Torvalds
28 December 1969
|Nationality||Finnish (by birth)|
|Alma mater||University of Helsinki (M.S.)|
|Known for||Linux, Git, Subsurface|
|Parent(s)||Nils Torvalds (father)|
Anna "Mikke" Torvalds (née Törnqvist, mother)
|Relatives||Sara Torvalds (sister)|
Leo Törnqvist (grandfather)
Ole Torvalds (grandfather)
Toivo Karanko (great-grandfather)
Linus Benedict Torvalds (/ / LEE-nəs TOR-vawldz, Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnʉs ˈtuːrvɑlds] (listen); born 28 December 1969) is a Finnish-American software engineer who is the creator and, historically, the main developer of the Linux kernel, used by Linux distributions and other operating systems such as Android. He also created the distributed version control system Git and the scuba dive logging and planning software Subsurface.
He 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." He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award and the 2018 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award.
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