Richard Stallman

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Honorary doctor Richard Stallman is a free software activist who will be seen as one of the most important figures in the late 20th century. He started the free software movement in 1983 and he begun creating the GNU operating system in 1984.

The father of Free Software[edit | edit source]

"When we call software “free,” we mean that it respects the users' essential freedoms: the freedom to run it, to study and change it, and to redistribute copies with or without changes. This is a matter of freedom, not price, so think of “free speech,” not “free beer.”"

Richard Stallman[1]

Lectures[edit | edit source]

Documentaries[edit | edit source]

Richard Stallman is featured in the documentary film Revolution OS.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • Richard Stallmans contributions to free software includes the GNU GPL license, popular emacs editor and the GCC compiler as well as other important pieces that are part of modern GNU/Linux distributions.

Recognition for his work includes:

  • 1986: Honorary lifetime membership of the Chalmers University of Technology Computer Society
  • 1990: Exceptional merit award MacArthur Fellowship ("genius grant")
  • 1990: The Association for Computing Machinery's Grace Murray Hopper Award "For pioneering work in the development of the extensible editor EMACS (Editing Macros)"
  • 1996: Honorary doctorate from Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology
  • 1998: Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award
  • 1999: Yuri Rubinsky Memorial Award
  • 2001: The Takeda Techno-Entrepreneurship Award for Social/Economic Well-Being (武田研究奨励賞)
  • 2001: Honorary doctorate, from the University of Glasgow
  • 2002: United States National Academy of Engineering membership
  • 2003: Honorary doctorate, from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 2004: Honorary doctorate, from the Universidad Nacional de Salta
  • 2004: Honorary professorship, from the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería del Perú
  • 2007: Honorary professorship, from the Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega [es] Universidad Inca Garcilaso de la Vega
  • 2007: First Premio Internacional Extremadura al Conocimiento Libre
  • 2007: Honorary doctorate, from the Universidad de Los Angeles de Chimbote
  • 2007: Honorary doctorate, from the University of Pavia
  • 2008: Honorary doctorate from the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, in Peru
  • 2009: Honorary doctorate, from Lakehead University
  • 2011: Honorary doctorate, from National University of Córdoba
  • 2012: Honorary professorship, from the Universidad César Vallejo de Trujillo, in Peru
  • 2012: Honorary doctorate, from the Universidad Latinoamericana Cima de Tacna, in Peru
  • 2012: Honorary doctorate, from the Universidad José Faustino Sánchez Carrió, in Peru
  • 2014: Honorary doctorate, from Concordia University, in Montréal
  • 2015: ACM Software System Award "For the development and leadership of GCC"
  • 2016: Honorary doctorate, from Pierre and Marie Curie University
  • 2016: Social Medicine award, from GNU Solidario

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Perspective on China[edit | edit source]

Richard Stallman gave this statement when we asked for a comment on the IEEE's decision to freeze out Chinese scientist from their organization:

"I am not sure what that means, concretely. So all I can say is that China is a tyranny that is a harmful influence in the world."

Richard Stallman, in an e-mail on Sunday June 2nd, 2019

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Links[edit | edit source]

Richard Stallman's personal website is at https://stallman.org/