Jack Nilles:Father of telecommuting
Nilles coined the term in the early ’70s while working at the University of Southern California. He founded the management consulting firm, JALA International, Inc., in 1980 and left USC in 1989 to devote full time to JALA. Telecommuting isn’t rocket science, but Nilles is, in fact, a rocket scientist who designed space vehicles for the U.S. Air Force and NASA.
Here is his blog http://www.jalahq.com/blog/
John Backus:Father of Fortran
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 tumor, which was removed and a plate was installed in his head. Later, a second plate was put in, one that Backus designed himself.
Tony Fadell:Father of the iPod
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! Wanna know the detailed look at the birth of IPOD? Check this out. http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/news/2004/07/64286