|Michael Stern Hart|
Details can be found at this full length Washington Post obituary:
I, of course, knew nothing of Mr. Hart or his personal life until I read the Washington Post obituary I've linked to this post. But...I will always remember how excited I was when I first discovered Project Gutenberg, and how I downloaded books directly to floppy discs so that I could carry them with me when I traveled on extended business trips. The man was a true pioneer - and I only wish I had bothered to tell him that while he was with us.Mr. Hart cobbled together a living with the money he earned as an adjunct professor and with grants and donations to Project Gutenberg. But he led a life of near poverty, Kahle said, and “basically lived off of cans of beans.”Kahle and other friends recalled that Mr. Hart’s house in Urbana was stacked, floor to eye-height, with pillars of books.The man who spent a lifetime digitizing literature lived amidst the hard copies, which he often sent home with visitors. It was one more way for him to share his books.