Michael Hart buried in Section 11, North of Road


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Michael Hart buried in Section 11, North of Road

Michael Hart (b. 1947- d. 2011) was a prominent advocate for freedom of information, a prolific writer and the founder of Project Gutenberg, a digital library project that offers freely available e-books of over 42,000 books in the public domain. He is generally acknowledged as the inventor of the e-book. The story goes: on July 4th, 1971 he was given an account on the University of Illinois' mainframe. Wanting to do something worthwhile during his scheduled time, he decided to type a copy of the Declaration of Independence, taken from a Independence Day Celebration copy he had been given at the grocery store. He made this available to the 100 people on the the University's network. He went on to type 313 books, including Alice in Wonderland, the Bible and all of Shakespeare before enlisting the help of the U of I PC Club and eventually people world-wide with the establishment of Project Gutenberg.

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