The baby name Alan is of uncertain derivation, but there are several theories about where it might come from. One theory is that it’s based on a Gaelic word meaning “rock.” Another is that it’s based on an Old Welsh word meaning “deer.”
Here are a dozen impressive people named Alan:
- Alan D. Blumlein (1903-1942), English electronics engineer. Invented stereophonic sound (“stereo”) in 1931.
- Alan Cooper (1952-), American software designer and programmer. Developed the visual programming language used to create Visual Basic.
- Alan H. Cottrell (1919-2012), British metallurgist.
- Alan Emtage (1964-), Barbadian computer scientist. Created the first search engine, Archie (short for “archive”), in 1989.
- Alan J. Heeger (1936-) American chemist. Co-discovered conductive polymers (plastics that conduct electricity) in 1977. [See Alan MacDiarmid]
- Alan L. Hodgkin (1914-1998), British biophysicist and physiologist.
- Alan Kay (1940-), American computer scientist.
- Alan J. Perlis (1922-1990), American computer scientist.
- Alan G. MacDiarmid (1927-2007) New Zealand-born American chemist. Co-discovered conductive polymers in 1977. [See Alan Heeger]
- Alan B. Shepard (1923-1998), American astronaut. First American astronaut, and second human being, to travel into space (1961).
- Alan Shugart (1930-2006), American engineer and entrepreneur.
- Alan M. Turing (1912-1954), British mathematician and logician. Invented the hypothetical Turing machine, the basis for today’s digital computers, in 1936.
Do you know of any other equally cool people named Alan?