I am planning to write a chapter on bioinformatics personalities - an acronym popped into my mind:
GBOAT - The Greatest Bioinformaticians Of All Time
So who is on your list? Who are the most influential bioinformaticians as they affect your career (keep it to 5-10 people). I am looking to find people whose work directly benefits you and make your achievements possible. I am not looking for the traditional sciency measures of "Nobel prize" candidates that "discovered" something.
For example, take BLAST, the authors are important - but they are not the ones that made BLAST so special. The true potential of BLAST is reached because there is a global repository to search. If we had the global repository and no blast we would be better off than vice versa.
PS: For those that missed them here are some posts in the "Uses this" series: https://www.biostars.org/t/uses-this/
I'd suggest to classify by disciplines. For many people here Bioinformatics is usually related to NGS, but there are also phylogenetics, population genetics, structural biology, etc which were "Bioinformatics" long before NGS.
I will nominate Rahul Satija for Seurat