Viral B. Shah

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Viral B Shah is an Indian computer scientist, best known for being a co-creator of the Julia programming language.[1][2][3][4] As of 2017 he is the CEO at Julia Computing, which he co-founded with Julia co-creators, Alan Edelman, Jeff Bezanson, Stefan Karpinski as well as Keno Fischer and Deepak Vinchhi.[5]

Viral is computer engineering graduate from Padmabhushan Vasantdada Patil Pratishthan's College of Engineering.[6] Viral received his doctoral degree in computational sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was actively involved in Aadhaar project, which aims to provide a 12-digit unique-identity number issued to all Indian residents based on their biometric and demographic data. Based on his experiences implementing Aadhaar and other complex technology projects in Governance, he co-authored the book Rebooting India with Nandan Nilekani.[7]


  1. ^ Krill, Paul. "New Julia language seeks to be the C for scientists". InfoWorld.
  2. ^ Finley, Klint. "Out in the Open: Man Creates One Programming Language to Rule Them All". Wired.
  3. ^ Thomas, Maria (20 April 2017). "An Indian computer scientist helped build an alternative programming language in Bengaluru". Quartz.
  4. ^ PK, Jayadevan (19 October 2016). "Julia is killing it in the programming world. Meet its co-creator from India". FactorDaily.
  5. ^ "Julia Computing: About Us". Julia Computing. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  6. ^ Thomas, Maria; Thomas, Maria. "Not just "IT coolies": An Indian computer scientist built a new programming language in Bengaluru". Quartz India. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  7. ^ Nilekani, Nandan; Shah, Viral (2015). Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations. India: Penguin Group. p. 340. ISBN 9780670087891.

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