Geoffrey Knauth

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Geoffrey S. Knauth
EducationEconomics (B.A.)
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationSoftware engineer, free software activist
Known forBoard member of FSF, co-founder of GNU Objective-C
MovementFree software movement

Geoffrey S. Knauth is a software engineer, and currently serves as president of the Free Software Foundation since August 2020.[1]

FSF activities[edit]

Knauth joined the Free Software Foundation (FSF) Board of Directors in 1998 as treasurer.[2] He is also co-founder of the GNU Objective-C project.[2] On August 5, 2020, Knauth was elected as president of FSF,[3][4][5][6] 11 months following the resignation of Richard Stallman, who had been its founding president since 1985.

In March 25 2021 Geoffrey Knauth promised to resign from being a voting member of the FSF once there was suitable leadership to replace him.[7]

Academic background[edit]

Knauth received a artium baccalaureus (A.B. or Bachelor of Arts) degree from Harvard University in 1983 in Economics. He also took many courses on Slavic languages and literatures there. Later in the late 1980s and 2000s he also took additional computer science and language courses both at Harvard and Northeastern University. In 2006-2010 he served as a Computer Science Instructor at Lycoming College.[2][8]

Professional experience[edit]

Knauth has been employed by various companies, in various roles including programmer, senior associate, systems engineer, and systems analyst.[1] Knauth is currently employed by AccuWeather Inc. as a Senior Software Developer since March 2014.[2][8]

Personal life[edit]

Knauth is fluent in English, Russian and French, with some knowledge of German and Chinese. He is also a pilot and has been involved with rowing and various other activities.[2][1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "FSF Staff and Board". FSF website. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Résumé of Geoffrey S. Knauth" (PDF). Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  3. ^ "Geoffrey Knauth elected Free Software Foundation president; Odile Bénassy joins the board". 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  4. ^ "Statement from FSF's new president, Geoffrey Knauth". 2020-08-05. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  5. ^ Larabel, Michael (2020-08-05). "FSF Has Finally Elected A New President". Phoronix. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  6. ^ Prakash, Abhishek (2020-08-06). "Almost a Year After Richard Stallman Was 'Cancelled', Free Software Foundation has Elected a new President". It's FOSS. Retrieved 2020-08-09.
  7. ^ "Update on work to improve governance at the FSF". FSF website. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  8. ^ a b "LinkedIn profile of Geoffrey S. Knauth". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2020-08-09.

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