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Gervase Markham

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Gervase Markham
Gervase Markham, Governator at Mozilla.jpg Gervase Markham, Governator at Mozilla.jpg
Born21 June 1978
Morland, Cumbria, U.K.
27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 40)27 July 2018(2018-07-27) (aged 40)
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
🌐 Websitegerv.net

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 Mozilla.org at age 23 after he graduated from the University of Oxford.[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).[5]

In 2006, he won a Google-O'Reilly Open Source Award as "Best Community Activist".[6] 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.[7][8] He also advocated Brexit. [9]

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


  1. "About me". Gervase Markham. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  2. "Langjähriger Mozilla-Mitarbeiter Gervase Markham verstorbe" (in German). Pro-Linux.de. 30 July 2018. Retrieved 30 December 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Blakely, Rhys (September 13, 2005). "Charity with 100 million fans". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  4. "Taming the Lizard". New Architect. 2 July 2002. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Canon Markham: Obituary". The Times. 7 January 2008.
  6. "Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards – Hall of Fame". January 28, 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.
  7. Markham, Gervase (1 April 2006). "Thank God for Cancer". Retrieved 2 January 2007.
  8. Markham, Gervase. "Cancer". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  9. https://www.gerv.net/writings/brexit/
  10. "Going Home | Hacking for Christ". Gervaise Markham. 16 February 2018. Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  11. Kerensa, Benjamin (28 July 2018). "Remembering Gerv Markham". Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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