Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, Developer of the Ruby Programming Language
Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto started developing Ruby in 1993 and made it available to the public in 1995 as an open-source project. Since its release, approximately one million programmers worldwide have used the language.
Matz is currently a fellow with Network Applied Communication Laboratory Ltd. in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Since 2007, he has also worked as a fellow at the Rakuten Institute of Technology, which is run by Rakuten, Inc., the largest ecommerce company in Japan. In 2010, he became a Special Advisor to the Fukuoka Ruby Business Hub Promotion Committee, supporting work on the development of lightweight Ruby. Additionally, in 2011 Matz was appointed Chief Architect of Heroku, Inc.