Award received in 1999
Tom Christiansen has been a Perl evangelist and developer since Perl's initial release in 1987. He is responsible for much of the documentation that is provided free-of-charge with the standard Perl distribution. He has an eagle's eye for finding who's talking about Perl and responds instantly to anyone treating Perl unfairly. He is tireless in his support and one of the reasons that Perl is as good as it is.