Gervase Markham (programmer)

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Gervase Markham
Gervase Markham, Governator at Mozilla.jpg
Occupation Governator at the Mozilla Corporation

Gervase Markham (born June 1978) is a British Software Engineer for the Mozilla Foundation,[1] and a lead developer of Bugzilla. He started contributing to the Mozilla project in 1999,[1] and became the youngest paid employee of at age 23 after he graduated from Oxford University.[2]

Markham is named after his paternal grandfather Canon Gervase Markham (1910–2007),[3] the squire and vicar of Morland near Penrith; both are related to the 16th-century poet and writer Gervase Markham. According to his Times obituary, the elder Gervase Markham was a descendant of William Markham, Archbishop of York (1710–1807).[4]

In 2006, he won a Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award as "Best Community Activist".[5] He has also presented to the FOSDEM conference for several years about the Mozilla Foundation activities and Bugzilla.

Markham is a born-again Christian, and has been undergoing treatment for metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma. He has written about both, and the relationship he sees between them.[6]


  1. ^ a b Rhys Blakely (September 13, 2005). "Charity with 100 million fans". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Taming the Lizard". New Architect. July 2, 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
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  4. ^ Canon Markham's obituary The Times 7 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards - Hall of Fame". January 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  6. ^ Gervase Markham (April 1, 2006). "Thank God for Cancer". Retrieved 2007-01-02. 

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