Today TNR and the rest of the publishing industry mourn the death of Project Gutenberg co-founder Michael Stern Hart. Hart was an early proselytizer for digitizing and making freely available the world’s information on the Internet. Armed with an early Xerox mainframe and sparked by an idea to type every letter of a copy of the Declaration of Independence into text and send it to everyone he knew on the Xerox mainframe, Hart’s initial dip into the early days of social networking almost brought down the entire Xerox network. While a peculiar start for Project Gutenberg, Hart’s impetus eventually translated into one of the most forward-thinking projects in the history of technology, the ebook, and a life’s work dedicated to taking the written page and translating it to ones and zeros. Mr. Hart’s industry, charity, and modesty will be sorely missed.
An obituary was published by Project Gutenburg for Mr. Hart upon learning of his death in his Illinois home earlier this week.
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