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10 unsung heros of technology

Fathers of the tech industry you may not know


When it comes to technology there's plenty of unsung heroes out there. We've rounded up the ten that made the most impact on our lives.

Tony Fadell

Fadell had an idea, pitched it around, was hired by Apple and the rest is history. He started as an outside consultant, became the first member of Apple's iPod hardware engineering team in 2001, and is now senior vice president of the iPod Division.

So, why haven't you ever heard of Tony Fadell? Apparently the Apple PR machine wants to keep the spotlight on a certain you-know-who.

John Backus

The former IBM computer scientist developed FORTRAN (Formula Translator) in the 50s. FORTRAN is considered the world's first widely used computer programming language.

Backus died last year at age 82. As a young man, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, which was removed and a plate was installed in his head. Later, a second plate was put in, one that Backus designed himself.

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