Dr. Dennis Jennings is one of ten distinguished winners of this year’s prestigious UCD (University College Dublin) Alumni Awards. Dr. Jennings was UCD’s first full time Director of Computing Service from 1977 to 1999, and under his leadership UCD Computer Services created the IE Domain Registry, which now functions independently as a critical national resource for all Internet users in Ireland.
Breaking Rules to Break Ground in Global Internet's Earliest Days
Teus Hagen is a self-admitted product of the “flower power culture” of the 1960s and ‘70s.
And like many early Internet pioneers from that generation, it was his willingness to challenge authority – and break some rules – that played a crucial role in development of the global network as we know it today.
For Hagen, it started when he was a student assistant in the 1970s at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the Netherlands’ national research institute for mathematics and computer science.