More than ten years have passed since the computer scientist Hal Finney became the recipient of the first transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain, and its impact on the cryptocurrency space as a technology is still being felt.
Finney was one of the first to do that Reply to Satoshi Nakamoto’s post on the Cypherpunks mailing list and Some in space still believe that it was one of the pseudonyms behind the creation of Bitcoin (BTC).
The legendary Bitcoin pioneer would have turned 65 today if he had not passed away Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS in 2014.
Before his death, Finney published his first experiences with cryptocurrency on the Bitcointalk forums. He described multi-block mining on the BTC network as a relatively simple process in 2009 that can be completed with a CPU instead of a GPU.
“When Satoshi announced the first version of the software, I recognized it immediately,” he said. “I think I was the first person other than Satoshi to export bitcoin. I mined block 70 and was the recipient of the first bitcoin transaction when Satoshi sent me ten coins as evidence. I had a conversation for Satoshi via email For the next few days, I mainly reported the bugs and he fixed them. “
Finney was a well-known cryptographer who worked for the PGP Corporationwhich was later acquired by Symantec,Â developing software that would allow users to encrypt email and files. Although one of his last messages said it was him “essentially paralyzed”, Finney used an eye-tracking system to write code designed to make cryptocurrency wallets more secure.
Finney is survived by his two sons and his wife Fran, this today releasedA photo of the Bitcoin pioneer walking through a neighborhood in the 1980s, an image retweeted by the cryptographer Adam back. Prior to his diagnosis, Finney was training to run a full marathon.
Photo by Hal Running, 1980s, shows his characteristic enthusiasm and zest for life. pic.twitter.com/GV20bn5e8F
to???? Fran Finney (@franfinney) May 4, 2021
Photo by Hal Running, 1980s, shows his characteristic enthusiasm and zest for life.
Before his death, Finney and his wife Fran have worked to raise awareness and resources for ALS. Since leaving, Fran Finney has carried on her husband’s legacy, working in the Golden West division of the ALS Association.