Chris Lightfoot

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Chris Lightfoot (1978–11 February 2007) was a leading and prolific online civic campaigner and a scientist, and the first developer with Tom Steinberg at e-democracy charity mySociety.[1]

Family and early life[edit]

He was born in Dulwich, England, in 1978.[1] His mother Prue was a journalist and his father Robert was a patent agent.[1] His older sister Steph taught him how to program the family's BBC Micro.[1] He used this knowledge of programming to produce a crater investigation model in the physics department at Westminster which was of an extremely high standard. This was part of a physics project in which he was awarded a 15 Merit — an outstanding and very rare full mark.

He attended Westminster School, where he was part of the team representing the school in the British Informatics Olympiad.[1] He began his undergraduate studies at Clare College, Cambridge focusing on Physics while studying a Natural Science Tripos.[1] He graduated with a Master's degree in 2000.[1]

Chris was one of the founders of Mythic Beasts, an ISP.[1]


He had suffered from depression throughout his adult life.[1] He committed suicide on 11 February 2007.[1][2]

Contributions to Internet[edit]

He played an important role in the development of:


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