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Audrey Tang (born April 18, 1981; formerly known as Autrijus Tang) is a Transwoman, a Taiwanese free software programmer, who has been described as one of the "ten greats of Taiwanese computing."[1]


Tang showed an early interest in computers, beginning to learn Perl at age 12.[2] Two years later, Tang dropped out of high school, unable to adapt to student life.[1] By the year 2000, at the age of 19, Tang had already held positions in software companies, and worked in California's Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur.[2] In late 2005, she changed both her English and Chinese names and began to live her life as a woman, citing a need to "reconcile (her) outward appearance with (her) self-image".[3] Taiwan's Eastern Television reports that she has an IQ of 180.[1] She is a vocal proponent for autodidacticism[4] and individualist anarchism.[2]

Free software contributions

Tang is best known for initiating and leading the Pugs project, a joint effort from the Haskell and Perl communities to implement the Perl 6 language;[5] she has also made contributions to internationalization and localization efforts for several Free Software programs, including SVK, Request Tracker (for which she also wrote a large portion of the code) and Slash (weblog system), as well as heading Traditional Chinese translation efforts for various Open Source-related books.[1][2]

On CPAN, Tang initiated over 100 Perl projects between June 2001 and July 2006, including the popular Perl Archive Toolkit (PAR), a cross-platform packaging and deployment tool for Perl 5.[6] She is also responsible for setting up smoke test and digital signature systems for CPAN.[7] In October 2005, she was a speaker at O'Reilly Media's European Open Source Convention in Amsterdam.[8]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Chen, Chun-ming. "別叫我「先生」! 電腦怪傑唐宗漢變性 改名唐鳳 (Don't call me "Mister"! Tang Zonghan changes sex, name now Tang Feng)", Eastern Television, 2006-02-08. Retrieved on 2007-03-22. Template:Languageicon 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Li, Hsin-ru. "專題報導 : 尋找台灣自由軟體力量 (Special Report: Searching for the power of Taiwanese free software)", CNet Taiwan), 2000-06-28. Retrieved on 2007-03-22. 
  3. Audrey Tang's Blog: Runtime Typecasting (December 2005). Retrieved on 2007-08-04.
  4. Chen, Bo-nian. "平淡中見絢爤-李雅卿的教改之路 (Lee Ya-Ching's road toward educational reform)", Epoch Taiwan), 2000-06-28. Retrieved on 2007-04-16. 
  5. A Plan for Pugs. (O'Reilly Media) (2005-03-03). Retrieved on 2007-03-22.
  6. Author page for autrijus. Retrieved on 2007-03-22.
  7. Becoming a CPAN Tester with CPANPLUS. (O'Reilly Media) (2002-04-30). Retrieved on 2007-04-14.
  8. Perl Internationalization and Haskell: an interview with Autrijus Tang. (O'Reilly Media) (2005-09-08). Retrieved on 2007-03-23.

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