Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, is listed as the third most influential person in computing industry in a top-ten compiled by ComputorEdge Online.

Jobs is credited for being the driving-force behind the Apple II, praised “as the first truly widely used personal computer by non-techno hobbyists.”

The Apple II series stabilized its parent company in a period when it was experimenting with new platforms. The range also outlived its peers, existing for sixteen years from April 1977 through to November 1993.

The site notes that Jobs popularized the graphical user interface (GUI) and the mouse with his Macintosh project at Apple.

It goes on: “Today, no major company would even consider releasing an operating system that didn’t have a GUI and mouse. In many ways, Jobs has been the driving vision and soul of the personal-computer revolution, actively leading the leaders of personal computing.”

Blaise of glory Blaise Pascal is ranked at number two. He developed an adding machine in 1642 known as the ‘numerical wheel calculator’. It was later known as the ‘Pascaline’.

The device could add eight-digit figures, and was developed by Pascal to help his father, a tax collector.

Ranked top of the chart is George Boole, creator of Computer Logic. He clarified the binary system of algebra, which states that any mathematical equation is either true or false. Known as Boolean logic, this language is used by computer processors to crunch through billions of calculations per second.

Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chief software architect and chairman, was ranked eighth.