By Mark Thompson, CNN Staff WriterCNN.com | February 07, 2019 13:02:12As it turns out, there are a lot of programmers out there that you don’t even know are there.
It’s a sad fact that a number of the world’s best and brightest have died in the past decade.
Here’s what you need to know about them.
Here are some of the best and most influential programmers of the past 20 years.1.
John CageJohn Cage was the founder of the pioneering electronic music group, The Doors.
Cage was also the creator of the software system that would become the basis for a wide variety of computer applications.
Cage’s work has influenced the world of software, music and programming, including: The Flash, the Internet, the Web and the Mac OS.
He also co-founded the company that invented the digital music file format called AIFF.
Cage died on Feb. 13, 2018 at the age of 87.
Catch the highlights from John Cage’s life and work on CNN.com.2.
James JoyceJames Joyce was a renowned British novelist and playwright.
In fact, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952 for his novels The Irishman and Ulysses.
In 1939, he wrote The Sun Also Rises, one of the most influential works of literature in the 20th century.
His novel The Dead Zone has been adapted for screen and is the basis of HBO’s popular series, The Sopranos.
He also wrote some of America’s most popular movies, including The Lord of the Rings.
Joyce also authored several children’s books, including, The Snowman, The Little Prince, The Three Little Pigs, and The Story of My Life.
He is considered one of America ‘s greatest writers and a key figure in the development of the field of literature.3.
Bob DylanBob Dylan was a prolific songwriter, songwriter-turned-actor who released a record number of albums and was nominated for the Grammy Award for best R&B artist in 1984.
Dylan also wrote for several popular television shows including, Saturday Night Live, and NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Dylan died on May 12, 2019.4.
Mark TwainMark Twain was an American author who published nearly 500 books, and is best known for the writings of his works The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Tale of Two Cities, and his novel The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer.
He was also known for writing for The West Wing and was inducted into the Library of Congress Hall of Fame in 2016.
Twain died on Jan. 1, 2020 at the ages of 89.5.
Robert FrostRobert Frost was a Scottish poet, playwright and historian.
He spent his life working as a professional artist.
He wrote many poems and short stories.
In 1919, he published a book titled The Sun, in which he described his view of the sun.
In 1924, he also published The Story Of The Seasons.
Frost died on Nov. 23, 2017 at the Age of 82.6.
Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins was a professor of philosophy at the University of Oxford.
He taught philosophy from 1968 until his retirement in 2007.
His best-selling book The God Delusion has been translated into at least 17 languages, and has been described as the best-sellers of the 21st century.
He died on June 28, 2019 at the old age of 84.7.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking was a British scientist who wrote the book The Theory of Everything.
Hawking died on Dec. 30, 2019, at the aged of 77.8.
William GibsonWilliam Gibson was a Canadian author and playwriter.
He co-wrote, directed and starred in the TV series, Game of Thrones, and was one of television’s most prominent voices in science fiction.
He passed away on Dec 23, 2018.9.
Ray BradburyRay Bradbury was a American writer and journalist.
He penned many novels, including “Moby Dick” and “Spaceballs,” which became a cult classic in the United States.
Bradbury died on July 11, 2019 in a house fire in Bradbury, Massachusetts.10.
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison was an electrical engineer, inventor, and one of American’s greatest inventors.
He created the first alternating current (AC) electricity supply in the U.S. in 1894, and the world was electrified by this technology by World War II.
Edison died on March 15, 2021 at the young age of 91.11.
Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo was a famed American writer, poet, novelist, and social critic.
He authored a number, including his popular classic, The Jungle Book, and popular children’s book, Alice in Wonderland.
His writing has influenced generations of children and adults.
He will be missed by many, and we offer our condolences to his family.12.
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