Audrey Tang

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Audrey Tang
Traditional Chinese 唐鳳
Simplified Chinese 唐凤
Original name
Traditional Chinese 唐宗漢
Simplified Chinese 唐宗汉

Audrey Tang (born April 18, 1981; formerly known as Autrijus Tang) is a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing."[1]


Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl programming at age 12.[2] Two years later, she dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life.[1] By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur.[2] In late 2005, Tang began to transitioning her gender identity as a trans woman, including changing her English and Chinese names, citing a need to "reconcile her outward appearance with her self-image".[3] Taiwan's Eastern Television reports that she has an IQ of 180.[1] She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism[4] and individualist anarchism.[2]

Free software contributions[edit]

Tang is best known for initiating and leading the Pugs project, a joint effort from the Haskell and Perl communities to implement the Perl 6 language;[5] she has also made contributions to internationalization and localization efforts for several Free Software programs, including SVK (for which she also wrote a large portion of the code), Request Tracker, and Slash, as well as heading Traditional Chinese translation efforts for various open source-related books.[1][2]

On CPAN, Tang initiated over 100 Perl projects between June 2001 and July 2006, including the popular Perl Archive Toolkit (PAR), a cross-platform packaging and deployment tool for Perl 5.[6] She is also responsible for setting up smoke test and digital signature systems for CPAN.[7] In October 2005, she was a speaker at O'Reilly Media's European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d Chen, Chun-ming (2006-02-08). "別叫我「先生」! 電腦怪傑唐宗漢變性 改名唐鳳 (Don't call me "Mister"! Tang Zonghan changes sex, name now Tang Feng)" (in Chinese). Eastern Television. Archived from the original on 2006-10-19. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d Li, Hsin-ru (2000-06-28). "專題報導 : 尋找台灣自由軟體力量 (Special Report: Searching for the power of Taiwanese free software)". CNet Taiwan). Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Audrey Tang's Blog: Runtime Typecasting". December 2005. Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  4. ^ Chen, Bo-nian (2000-06-28). "平淡中見絢爤-李雅卿的教改之路 (Lee Ya-Ching's road toward educational reform)". Epoch Taiwan). Archived from the original on 2004-01-15. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  5. ^ "A Plan for Pugs". O'Reilly Media. 2005-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  6. ^ "Author page for autrijus". CPAN. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  7. ^ "Becoming a CPAN Tester with CPANPLUS". O'Reilly Media. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  8. ^ "Perl Internationalization and Haskell: an interview with Autrijus Tang". O'Reilly Media. 2005-09-08. Archived from the original on 31 March 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-23. 

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