Hans Reiser

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Hans Reiser

Name: Hans Thomas Reiser

Born: December 19, 1963, in Oakland, California, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American entrepreneur and computer programmer.
  • Known for creating ReiserFS file system and its successor Reiser4, which are supported by the Linux kernel.
  • Founder of Namesys, a corporation meant to coordinate the development ReiserFS and Reiser4.
  • Convicted in 2008 for the second-degree murder of his wife, Nina Reiser. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, with the first possibility of parole in January 2020. In 2012, a jury awarded his children $60 million in a civil lawsuit against their father for Nina Reiser's death.

Honors and awards

  • One of the founding members of the Open Computing Facility at UC Berkeley.


"You're about to experience chaos." (Uttered before farting, while being photographed nude by police after his arrest.)