Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds
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Torvalds in 2018
Linus Benedict Torvalds

(1969-12-28) 28 December 1969 (age 51)
Helsinki, Finland
NationalityFinnish (by birth)
American (naturalized)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Helsinki (M.S.)[2]
OccupationSoftware engineer
EmployerLinux Foundation
Known forLinux, Git, Subsurface
Parent(s)Nils Torvalds (father)
Anna "Mikke" Torvalds (née Törnqvist, mother)
RelativesSara Torvalds (sister)
Leo Törnqvist (grandfather)
Ole Torvalds (grandfather)
Toivo Karanko (great-grandfather)

Linus Benedict Torvalds (/ˈlnəs ˈtɔːrvɔːldz/ LEE-nəs TOR-vawldz,[3] Finland Swedish: [ˈliːnʉs ˈtuːrvɑlds] (About this soundlisten); 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."[4] He is also the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Computer Society Computer Pioneer Award[5] and the 2018 IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award.[6]

  1. ^ "Citizen Linus". 13 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Linus Torvalds 2008 Fellow". Archived from the original on 9 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Linus Torvalds: Why Choose a Career in Linux and Open Source" on YouTube
  4. ^ "Technology Academy Finland – Stem cell pioneer and open source software engineer are 2012 Millennium Technology Prize laureates". 19 April 2012. Archived from the original on 17 January 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Computer-Pioneer-Award". Archived from the original on 4 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ "List of IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award recipients" (PDF). 3 April 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2018.

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