6. John Henry Thompson (1959-present)

Notable inventions: Lingo programming and XObjects

Known as the “Father of Lingo Programming", Thompson developed the popular scripting language to help render visuals in computer programs. Lingo’s also been used to create flash and shockwave programs found in animation, web design, and video games. Programmers might recognize the object-oriented programming language embedded into Macromedia Director and other popular Adobe programs. Adobe-philes owe this man a great gratitude of respect.