This week we welcome R. David Murray (@rdavidmurray) as our PyDev of the Week. Mr. Murray is a core developer of the Python language and is currently maintainer of the email module. He has a Python blog, although it hasn’t been updated in a while. You might want to check out his Github profile to see some of the other projects he is working on. Let’s spend some time getting to know our fellow Pythonista!
Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):
In my youth I thought I wanted to be a Particle Physicist. Went to the University of Pennsylvania to study physics, and indulged my second love (computers, which at that time were just at the IBM mainframe/TRS 80 stage) by getting a work study job in the Physics Department computing facility. By my second year there I had decided that Physics itself was just too…messy, but that I loved the math and especially working with computers. So I graduated with a BA in computer mathematics, and have proceeded to use the computer half and not the math half for most of my career.
Outside of work, I love reading Science fiction and Contra Dancing which my wife and I do twice a week on average. It keeps me healthy and feeling younger (I find the (live) music wonderful, and it is a dance form that attracts all ages, which is psychologically beneficial, and as an added benefit it is great exercise).