Linus Torvalds


  • M.Sc. in Computer Science, Helsinki University, 1989–1997
  • Honorary degrees include:
    • Ph.D. H.C., Stockholm University, 1999; and
    • Ph.D. H.C., Helsinki University, 2000.


Reading and computers. Things I wish I had the time/energy for: swimming, playing pool.


[From the author: Linus is a world famous software personality, most widely known for creating the Linux operating system. He is a Fellow of the Linux Foundation, and his work related to Linux still dominates more of his professinal time and energy. Linus doesn’t have a formal biography. When I asked him for one, his reply was quite endearing. With Linus’s permission, I’ve included it here. For a more complete biography, here is a link to his entry on Wikipedia]

Heh. I don’t have one. I’ve never really needed one, and I have no idea what to write. I’ve spent two-thirds of my life programming and almost half writing and maintaining Linux, and it’s what people who know me know me for. I suspect Wikipedia probably has a better bio than anything I could write, unless you want to go whole hog and just get Just for Fun, the book I wrote with David Diamond about being a geek.