Hal Finney

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Hal Finney
BornMay 4, 1956
DiedAugust 28, 2014(2014-08-28) (aged 58)
PartyFirst transaction recipient
Earliest identified miner
Block maker
First hashJanuary 9, 2009
First blockJanuary 9, 2009 (78)
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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.[1] His bitcoins (which he mined in early 2009) were spent on medical bills as his ALS progressed in 2013.[2] He made arrangements with Alcor Life Extension Foundation to be cryopreserved upon being declared legally dead.[3]

Hal died and was cryopreserved on August 28, 2014.[2]

See also


  1. Dying Outside
  2. 2.0 2.1 WIRED : Bitcoin’s Earliest Adopter Is Cryonically Freezing His Body to See the Future
  3. (Extropy Mailing List) Hal Finney being cryopreserved now