Gervase Markham (programmer)

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Gervase Markham
Gervase Markham, Governator at Mozilla.jpg
Born 21 June 1978
Morland, Cumbria, U.K.
Died 27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 40)
Residence Loughborough
Other names Gerv
Occupation Governator at the Mozilla Corporation

Gervase Markham (21 June 1978[1] – 27 July 2018[2]) was a British Software Engineer for the Mozilla Foundation,[3] and was a lead developer of Bugzilla. He started contributing to the Mozilla project in 1999,[3] and became the youngest paid employee of at age 23 after he graduated from Oxford University.[4]

Markham was named after his paternal grandfather Canon Gervase Markham (1910–2007),[5] 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).[6]

In 2006, he won a Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award as "Best Community Activist".[7] He has also presented to the FOSDEM conference for several years about the Mozilla Foundation activities and Bugzilla.

Markham was a born-again Christian, and had been undergoing treatment for metastatic adenoid cystic carcinoma. He wrote about both, and the relationship he saw between them.[8][9]

He died on 27 July 2018 after a long battle with cancer.[10][11]


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  2. ^ (in German)
  3. ^ a b Rhys Blakely (September 13, 2005). "Charity with 100 million fans". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
  4. ^ "Taming the Lizard". New Architect. July 2, 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-31.
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  6. ^ Canon Markham's obituary The Times 7 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards – Hall of Fame". January 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  8. ^ Gervase Markham (April 1, 2006). "Thank God for Cancer". Retrieved 2007-01-02.
  9. ^ Gervase Markham. "Cancer".
  10. ^ "Going Home | Hacking for Christ". February 16, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  11. ^ Benjamin Kerensa (July 28, 2018). "Remembering Gerv Markham".

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