Crypto community remembers Hal Finney's contributions to blockchain on his 65th birthday
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Remembering Bitcoin pioneer Hal Finney on what would have been his 65th birthday.
It’s been more than ten years since computer scientist Hal Finney became the recipient of the first transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain, and his impact on crypto as a technology is still felt today.
Finney was one of the first people to respond to Satoshi Nakamoto’s post on the cypherpunks mailing list, with some in the space still believing he was one of the pseudonymous individuals behind the creation of Bitcoin (BTC).
Finney was a well known cryptographer who worked for the PGP Corporation — later acquired by Symantec — in the development of software allowing users to encrypt emails and files.
Finney is survived by his two children and wife Fran, who today posted a photo of the Bitcoin pioneer running through a neighborhood in the 1980s, an image retweeted by cryptographer Adam Back.
Prior to his death, Finney and his wife Fran worked to raise awareness and fundraising for ALS.
Since his departure, Fran Finney has continued her husband's legacy, working together with the Golden West chapter of the ALS Association.