Michael Hart

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Michael Hart

Name: Michael Stern Hart

Born: March 8, 1947, in Tacoma, Washington, USA

Death: September 6, 2011 (Age: 64)

Computer-related contributions

  • American author, best known as one of the inventors of the electronic book (or eBook) and the founder of Project Gutenberg, a project to make ebooks freely available via the Internet. Most of the early postings were typed in by Hart himself.
  • At the beginning of Project Gutenberg. Hart began posting text copies of such classics as the Bible and the works of Homer, Shakespeare, and Mark Twain. As of 1987 he had typed in a total of 313 books in this fashion.


"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."