Jaap Akkerhuis, a Dutch research engineer, was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for his leadership in the development of the Internet in the Netherlands and Europe.
Throughout his career, Akkerhuis has worked with a number of scientific institutions, research labs, Internet service providers, and registries in Europe and across the U.S., playing a key role as a global connector in the technical community.
In the late 1980’s, he worked at the Carnegie Mellon University’s Information Technology Center, sponsored by IBM, and eventually worked in the U.S. with software company mtXinu and AT&T Bell Labs.
Upon his return to the Netherlands, he joined the NLnet Labs, the first independent ISP in the Netherlands. Later he worked as a technical advisor for Stichting Internet Domeinregistratie Nederland, the registry of the .NL country code top-level domain.
Over the years, Akkerhuis has also played key roles in organizations such as the European Unix User Group, Advanced Computing Systems Association (USENIX), the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), and The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries.
Currently, he is a research engineer in the research and development group at NLnet...
Despite being 10 years his senior, Bob Metcalfe counts Apple founder Steve Jobs among his professional mentors.
Now a professor at the University of Texas, Metcalfe was part of a team at Xerox that developed what would become Ethernet, the foundational technology used to connect computers.
In an interview with CNBC, the Internet Hall of Fame inductee credited Jobs with showing him how to embrace the trial and error aspect of innovation.
"You have to constantly be making judgments about what's good what's bad and what's going to work and how's it going to play out, and in doing that, if you have high standards, you're going to break some eggs along the way,” he said.
"So a willingness to break eggs is one of the things I learned from Steve.”
Tracy LaQuey Parker had no idea what she wanted to do when she started college at the University of Texas (UT) in the 1980s.
What she did know was that “computers were going to run the world, so I figured I better get involved with that,” she said.
As it turned out, besides being good at computer science, LaQuey Parker was also good at communicating the complexities of computers to the nonscientific masses.
After graduating, she took a job with a tech company but hated being stuck in a cubicle. So, she ended up back at UT, working at the computational center, which was building networks and communications systems.
“They soon found out I could communicate with people,” she said. “They sent me around to talk to professional organizations, to get them to use the network. My manager did not want to deal with national organizations.”
As a result, at only 23 years old, LaQuey Parker found herself representing UT at meetings of the Internet Society, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and similar organizations. But she wasn’t shy or intimidated. Rather, she said, she felt “super lucky” to be around so many intelligent people who understood the potential of the Internet.
In her excitement, she once even offered for UT Austin to host the next IETF meeting without clearing it with anyone.
“I think I got in trouble for that,” she said. “But we ended...
Do you know someone who has played a major role in the development and advancement of the Internet? The Internet Hall of Fame today officially opened nominations for its 2019 class of inductees, and is seeking nominations through 8 March, 2019. For more information, or to begin the nomination process, visit the Internet Hall of Fame Nominations page .
The Internet Hall of Fame was launched in 2012 by the Internet Society. With more than 100 inductees, the Internet Hall of Fame celebrates Internet pioneers and innovators from around the world who have helped change the way we live and work today. Their trailblazing accomplishments are as broad and diverse as the Internet itself; expanding the Internet’s benefits into new regions and communities, and creating new technologies and standards that were foundational to the Internet’s development and expansion.
The Internet Hall of Fame recognizes:
• Individuals who were instrumental in the design and development of the Internet with exceptional achievements that impacted the Internet's global advancement and evolution; or
• Individuals who made outstanding...
2012 Internet Hall of Fame inductee Lawrence Roberts, who was hired in 1966 by the U.S. Department of Defense to design the ARPAnet, died on December 26th, according to his family. He was 81. Roberts’ design of the ARPAnet was seminal as it established the foundation of the modern Internet.
As Chief Scientist of ARPA, Roberts based the ARPAnet’s design on a concept that was brand-new at the time, "packet-switching.” The concept, which drew on earlier research by fellow inductee and MIT colleague Leonard Kleinrock, enabled information to be cut up into “packets” and then reassembled. This technology, which optimizes channel capacity and minimizes latency, is what allows large amounts of data, such as video, to continue to be successfully sent over the network today.
Following his work on the ARPAnet, Roberts went on to found five startups, including Telenet, NetExpress, ATM Systems, Caspian Networks and Anagran.
Over his lifetime, in addition to his 2012 induction into the Internet Hall of Fame, he received numerous awards for his work, including the L.M. Ericsson prize for research in data communications, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the IEEE Internet Award, the...