7 Famous Computer Programmers Who Started Programming at an Early Age

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Some of the following famous programmers started learning from a young age applying their skills to improve the lives of the people around them, creating some of the products you use today. The other members of this list are simply current programming prodigies about to do the same. The next Bill Gates perhaps?

1.Bill Gates

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Quotation: “Learning to write programs stretches your mind and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is useful in all areas.”

Coding fact: In 1968, Gates and his friends spent hours playing with the computer and learning its programming language: BASIC, or Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code.

Most of you know the story of Bill Gates. The philanthropist, billionaire, and co-founder of Microsoft had a huge impact on your life, helping to usher in a whole new era of computing. However, many people don’t know that Bill Gates started coding at an early age, fascinated by how computers worked.

Gates spent the majority of his childhood skipping class so he could create his first program, a tic-tac-toe game where users play against the computer. He even exploited these computers to have more computer time. Years later, as an adult, Bill Gates is one of the biggest voices in coding education, computing, and emerging technologies.

2. Muhammad Hamza Shahzad

7 Famous Computer Programmers Who Started Programming at an Early Age
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Age: 9

Quotation: “I want to be Bill Gates.”

Coding fact: Muhammad Hamza Shahzad is currently the youngest coder in the world.

How old were you when you started learning to code? Where did you find your passion? Nine-year-old British Pakistani from Birmingham, UK, Muhammad Hamza Shahzad discovered his passion at an early age, becoming one of the youngest accomplished programmers in the world. From the age of six, Muhammad grew up around computers, developing his love for programming and has his sights set on becoming the next Bil Gates. Not only is he talented, but he is certified. Muhammad recently earned a Microsoft Coding Certificate after studying for six months. His score? 757, 57 points above the required pass mark.

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