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In Memoriam

Unicode is a project that has been built by hundreds of people over many decades. The Acknowledgements page lists many contributors. Some of the people involved in this project are no longer with us, and we wish to remember their contributions on this page.

Mark Crispin Mark Crispin (1956-2012)

Mark Crispin, best known as the father of the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP), was an expert in email and developed other mail systems. For many years he was a contributor to architectural aspects of the Unicode Standard, and a long-term member of the Consortium.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Crispin

James Do James Do  (1952-2015)

James Do (Đỗ Bá Phước) was active from the the early days of Unicode when he worked to shape the encoding of both the Latin-based Quốc ngữ script now used in Vietnam, as well as the traditional Hán (Literary Chinese) and Chữ Nôm. He brought together Vietnamese experts in Hán and Chữ Nôm to facilitate Vietnamese participation in the IRG. He worked tirelessly in Vietnam and overseas to promote the adoption of Unicode. He co-founded the Vietnamese Nôm Preservation Foundation as part of his long-term interest in making the largely untranslated corpus of traditional Vietnamese literature in Hán and Nôm, and the cultural legacy it contains, available to students around the world in digital form. James was also interested in the sustainable development of Vietnam through improved education, to which end he helped found the Pacific Links Foundation. James moved from California back to Vietnam in 2007 to work as CTO of InfoNam Inc. until his passing on January 10, 2015.

See: http://www.diendan.org/nhung-con-nguoi/do-ba-phuoc-1952-2015

Bill Hall

William "Bill" Hall (1935-2012)

Bill Hall was a developer and consultant on Windows and .NET platforms with experience going back to Windows 1.0, which he ported at the systems level to AT&T/Olivetti computers. An applications programmer throughout his computing career, he turned to internationalization in the early 1990s, taking several projects into European and Far East languages and contributing numerous articles to Microsoft Systems Journal and Multilingual Computing.

A long-term member of the Consortium, Bill was known to many people through his lectures and tutorials on Unicode and Internationalization, with a focus on Windows applications. For many years, Bill was a regular contributor of tutorials and talks at the Internationalization and Unicode conferences. He also developed curriculum for teaching internationalization at local colleges. Bill never passed up a chance to teach, and always taught with patience and persistence.

Earlier in his life, Bill was a military and civilian aviator, an associate professor of mathematics for nearly 20 years, and served three years as an associate editor at Mathematical Reviews.

See: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mercurynews/obituary.aspx?pid=158762823

Hideki Hiura

Hideki Hiura (1961-2010)

Hideki Hiura was long-known as an internationalization architect at Sun Microsystems, Inc. He was a founder and chairperson of the Linux Internationalization Initiative, the OpenI18N.org/Free Standards Group. He was also a founding member of W3C I18N Working Group. He became the CTO and Chief Scientist of JustSystems North America, Inc.

During his long career in internationalization, Hideki was involved with variety of standards and standard organizations including ISO, W3C, OMG, The Open Group, OSF, Unix International, X Consortium and Unicode. As one of the earliest members of the Unicode Technical Committee, he contributed to the development of several versions of the Unicode Standard as the primary representative of Sun Microsystems, Inc. With his East Asian expertise, he was a major contributor to the standardization of Variation Selectors and the Ideographic Variation Database.

See: http://www.kokusaika.jp/en/info/149-news-20100409.html:

Michael Kaplan Michael S. Kaplan (1970-2015)

As a software engineer at Microsoft, Michael was a long-time devoted contributor to the Unicode effort. He was a regular speaker at the Internationalization and Unicode Conferences where he often gave two or three presentations annually, sometimes on short notice. Over two decades, he contributed significantly to discussions on mailing lists, and through his widely-read blog Sorting it All Out. He had a lively interest in Tamil language support and was a liaison representative from the Unicode Consortium to INFITT for some years. Michael was the 2008 recipient of the Unicode Bulldog Award. Also, see his obituary.

  J. G. Van Stee (1938-1998)

Van was one of the earliest, and perhaps the most passionate, advocates for the establishment of Unicode within IBM. Van was the first representative when IBM became a Full Member in June 1990. In August 1991, he organized the IBM hosting of the first Unicode Workshop, a 2-day event that grew into the annual Unicode Conferences. A COBOL expert, Van led IBM's efforts to standardize Object-Oriented COBOL, and always focused on robust Unicode support in IBM products.