Infographic: 16 Genius Minds Whose Inventions Made Data Science Easier For Us

avcontentteam 23 May, 2016 • < 1 min read


Did you know that the concept of Regression was invented almost 2 centuries ago ?

Neither did I, until I decided to step into the glorious history of analytics. Yes! some of the concepts which we use today were invented centuries ago. In my journey of looking at the past, I came across people who were true genius. Their innate desire to share knowledge and challenge concepts has shaped the future for rest of the world.

After reading their life stories, there is one thing I found common in all these souls. That is, all these people were driven by the power of questioning. i.e. they never settled with that they had. Instead, they showed interested in knowing ‘why does something happen as it happen?’ Probably, this intense curiosity made them invent things.

I’ve listed these 16 genius minds whose inventions hold immense importance in the 21st century. Be it Python, R, SQL or Hadoop, their inventions has given livelihood / jobs to million of people around the world. If you are inspired by their work, may be you can send them a tweet if they exist.

Note: This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you’ve been inspired by the great work of other people, please share about them in comments.

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Responses From Readers


Dr.D.K.Samuel 23 May, 2016

How nice that such geniuses gave freely their work, developed after years of struggle and hard work, a special thanks to them

Sudheer Rao
Sudheer Rao 23 May, 2016

Very good article to read on a Monday morning. Cheers !

Suresh 23 May, 2016

Great post! Good to know who invented/introduced what, Thanks

James 23 May, 2016

The 17th genius mind created the url below Analytics Vidhya

Prof Vadlamani Ravi
Prof Vadlamani Ravi 23 May, 2016

Very good indeed. We need to salute these guys often. Some more imp names are conspicuously missing. For eg: Vladimir Vapnik for SVM; Lotfi Zadeh for Fuzzy Logic; Holland for GA; Matei Zaharia for Spark; Rakesh Agarwal and Srikant for Apriori algo; MacQueen for K-Means algo; Quinlan for ID3; Breiman et al for CART and Hinto et al for Deep Learning etc.

Ragini Krishna
Ragini Krishna 23 May, 2016

Thanks to all the geniuses, who have given such wonderful work to us. Thanks Manish for the information...

B.Louis 23 May, 2016

Very good information thanks

Ritesh Sen
Ritesh Sen 23 May, 2016

Salute to these great inventors!! Nice Article Manish!!!

Anant Gupta
Anant Gupta 23 May, 2016

I guess aprt from R inventor, the RStudio developer should also be mentioned. I feel the immense adoption of R should partly be attributed to R Studio

Pavan 24 May, 2016

Amazing facts !! All these genius contributions but never go waste.

Fernando 31 May, 2016

What about one of the fathers of data science : and developer of the FFT : John Tukey?

Shakti Ranjan
Shakti Ranjan 01 Jun, 2016

Enjoyed reading it

Anil Menta
Anil Menta 20 Jun, 2016

Geniuses are Geniuses. We will always be indebted to them. It's very easy to forget them amidst our schedules. Effort from someone like you helps us slowdown, ponder and reflect upon their great inventions and struggles to keep us motivated. Great Article.!!!

Venugopal 21 Oct, 2016

Good work

Narayana Reddy
Narayana Reddy 09 Jun, 2017

Very good article...cooool...!

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