Richard Stallman

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Richard Matthew Stallman (; born March 16, 1953), also known by his initials, rms, is an American free software movement activist and programmer. He campaigns for software to be distributed in a manner such that its users receive the freedoms to use, study, distribute, and modify that software. Software that ensures these freedoms is termed free software. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Stallman has received more than 3,041,353 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Richard Stallman is the 5th most popular computer scientist (down from 4th in 2019), the 559th most popular biography from United States (down from 414th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Computer Scientist.

Richard Stallman is a computer programmer who is most famous for his work on the GNU Project, which he started in 1983. The GNU Project's goal is to create a free operating system that would be compatible with Unix.

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Among computer scientists, Richard Stallman ranks 5 out of 205Before him are Alan Turing, Grace Hopper, Tim Berners-Lee, and Dennis Ritchie. After him are Donald Knuth, Edsger W. Dijkstra, Niklaus Wirth, Lotfi A. Zadeh, John McCarthy, Linus Torvalds, and Edgar F. Codd.

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Among people born in 1953, Richard Stallman ranks 11Before him are Norodom Sihamoni, Herta Müller, Kim Basinger, Jeffrey Epstein, Brigitte Macron, and Ahmad Shah Massoud. After him are Isabelle Huppert, Richard Clayderman, Tony Blair, Jim Jarmusch, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, and Mike Oldfield.

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Among people born in United States, Richard Stallman ranks 559 out of 15,968Before him are Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Lon Chaney (1883), Sean Penn (1960), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), and Goldie Hawn (1945). After him are Scott Joplin (1868), Glenn Close (1947), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Martin Landau (1928), Michael Keaton (1951), and Benny Goodman (1909).


Among computer scientists born in United States, Richard Stallman ranks 3Before him are Grace Hopper (1906) and Dennis Ritchie (1941). After him are Donald Knuth (1938), John McCarthy (1927), Ken Thompson (1943), Ray Kurzweil (1948), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Vint Cerf (1943), George Dantzig (1914), Larry Page (1973), and Alan Kay (1940).