2017: A sad retrospective on the tech pioneers who've passed away

We look back at the technology pioneers who have passed away this year, and the legacies that they have left behind. (The list below is in alphabetical order.)

Samson Abioye 

25 March 1991 - 28 July 2017

Nigerian computer programmer and internet entrepreneur

Nigerian programmer and entrepreneur co-founded, a self-testing online platform which helps students practice for national examinations, in 2013. It won Airtel's Catapult-a-Startup in 2014, the 2015 AAI pitch-fest competition, and the West Africa Mobile Awards (WAMAS) in 2016.

Samson Abioye died on the morning of 28th July 2017, aged 26.

Charles W. Bachman

11 December 1924 - 13 July 2017

American computer scientist

Bachman was an early pioneer in database management software - the first to make it possible to share data across different applications using his Integrated Data Store software, first demonstrated in 1963. Bachman was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation - the highest honor bestowed upon scientists, engineers and inventors - by President Barack Obama in 2012.

Charles Bachman died on 13 July, of Parkinson's disease, at the age of 92.

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Kate Hoy is Editor of IDG Connect

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