Software engineer who developed and became the chief architect behind the Linux kernel, a free and open source software. He also developed the Git system and the software Subsurface.
He has Master's degree in computer science from the University of Helsinki and wrote a thesis called Linux: A Portable Operating System.
He was awarded the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize and was inducted as an inaugural inductee into the Internet Hall of Fame.
He married six time Finnish national karate champion Tove Torvalds.
He is a software developer like Brian Behlendorf.