Re: Henry Story

 Very sad news - he was a great visionary, even if we disagreed on details
of public keys. A scholarship or award at next ISWC in his name would be


On Fri, Sep 8, 2023 at 11:08 PM, Paula Gearon <> wrote:

> Having known Henry online for several years, I finally shared lunch and
> coffee with him at SemTech in San Jose in about 2007, and several times
> since. I have not seen him in person for several years, but he has been a
> constant online presence - one I will deeply miss.
> Paula
> On Fri, Sep 8, 2023 at 9:57 AM Sarven Capadisli <> wrote:
>> It is with great sadness that I must inform everyone that we have lost
>> our dear friend and colleague Henry Story (
>> ) earlier this week.
>> This is incredibly hard for me to write. I am deeply saddened by his
>> friends' and family's loss, as well as personally, and for several
>> communities he has been part of for so many years. My deepest
>> condolences, and those of members of the community who knew him and
>> admired him, go out to his family.
>> If memory serves me well, Henry and I were acquainted in 2008, but met
>> online in 2010, when we discussed FOAF+SSL / WebID, social web,
>> decentralisation, and everything in between. And, of course, with Henry,
>> if one is willing, there is always a healthy dose of discussion on
>> philosophical and mathematical underpinnings of a lot of such topics,
>> and how it all came together.
>> Over the years, Henry provided me with all the context to undoubtedly
>> interconnected ideas in technology and philosophy I ever needed.
>> I had the privilege of having him visit my place in Bern. He was kind
>> enough to eat my overly spicy food and drink wine to compensate the
>> taste. It was a joy to talk about life stuff and tech in my balcony.
>> Henry has impacted and influenced me in different ways over the years.
>> His perseverance to get to the bottom of a problem is unmatched.
>> Whenever I felt frustrated in open standards development, Henry reminded
>> that standards are like wine: some will age well, and others spoil. He
>> encouraged me to be patient, assuring me that things will work out in
>> due time.
>> He took the time to research and develop, and meet open challenges by
>> approaching from multiple disciplines to solidify the ideas is
>> inspiring, and has been instrumental, to say the least, for the
>> communities he has been part of. One doesn't have to look far to come
>> across Henry's footprints. Quite literally the father of many works and
>> projects.
>>  From my perspective, he generally came across like the underdog in
>> whatever he was doing. Humble and aiming for the stars. He took time to
>> carefully listen what others had to say and was generous with his
>> knowledge and time, and kind.
>> Henry, I admire you immensely. Words will never suffice.
>> I'd like to invite everyone to reflect and honour his memory. Carry on
>> with his work. A moment of silence will be observed at W3C TPAC to
>> remember Henry and his impact on our community.
>> -Sarven

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