Richard Stallman

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Richard Stallman

Name: Richard Mathew Stallman

Born: March 16, 1953, in New York City, New York, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • An American software freedom activist and computer programmer.
  • Launched the GNU Project in 1983 to create a free Unix-like operating system, and he was the project's lead architect and organizer.
  • He initiated the free software movement; in October 1985 he founded the Free Software Foundation.
  • Resigned from MIT and the FSF in September 2019 after making controversial statements on the MIT CSAIL mailing list.


"Anything that prevents you from being friendly, a good neighbor, is a terror tactic."