Harold Thomas Finney II (May 4, 1956 – August 28, 2014) was a developer for PGP Corporation and recipient of the first bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto.
Hal Finney was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in August 2009. His bitcoins (which he mined in early 2009) were spent on medical bills as his ALS progressed in 2013. He made arrangements with Alcor Life Extension Foundation to be cryopreserved upon being declared legally dead.
Hal died and was cryopreserved on August 28, 2014.
- Hal Finney. Dying Outside. Less Wrong.
- Max More. Hal Finney being cryopreserved now. Extropy mailing list.
- Andy Greenberg. Bitcoin's Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body to See the Future. Wired.