Geoff Collyer

Geoff Collyer (born 1958) is a Canadian computer scientist.[1] He is the senior author of C News, a protocol-neutral news transport, and the designer of NOV, the News Overview database (article index) used by all modern newsreaders.[2][3] He contributed the code that allowed to convert the Bourne Shell from using the non-portable sbrk to a portable malloc based implementation.[4] In the past he worked as a Unix system programmer, but since 1994 he has been living on Plan 9 while working at Bell Laboratories.[1]


Asteroid 129101 Geoffcollyer, discovered by astronomers at the Jarnac Observatory in Arizona in 2004, was named in his honor.[1] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 9 August 2006 (M.P.C. 57426).[5]


  1. "129101 Geoffcollyer (2004 XF6)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. Mark Linimon (1994). C News Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. C News source code
  4. Bourne Shell project page
  5. "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  • Collyer, Geoff (6 September 2017). "Geoff Collyer". Collyer Enterprises. Retrieved 2017-09-06.

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