Distinguished Professor of Computer Science
University of California, Los Angeles
This lecture traces both the early history of the science and infrastructure that emerged as the ARPANET, and the trajectory of development it set for the even broader construct that we now call the Internet. I will offer a personal and autobiographical element.
The Internet did not evolve automatically from earlier telecommunications, but rather emerged from a process traced to i) research in packet switching and dynamic resource allocation, and ii) the institutional environment created with ARPA in the post-war US. Furthermore, the native ARPA protocol provided basic “inter-networking” capabilities that led, among other possibilities, to the development of TCP/IP.
Biography: Professor Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He is considered a father of the Internet, having developed a mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet as an MIT graduate student in 1962. His UCLA Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 from which he directed the transmission of the first Internet message. Kleinrock received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States.
Leonard Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963. He has served as Professor of Computer Science at UCLA since then, and was department Chairman from 1991–1995. He received a BEE degree from CCNY in 1957 (Evening Session) and an MS degree from MIT in 1959. He has received eight honorary degrees, has published over 250 papers, authored six books, and has supervised the research for 50 Ph.D. students.
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS fellow, an IEC fellow, an inaugural member of the Internet Hall of Fame, a Guggenheim fellow, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and an Eminent member of Eta Kappa Nu. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the National Medal of Science, the Ericsson Prize, the NAE Draper Prize, the Marconi Prize, the Dan David Prize, the Okawa Prize, the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, the ORSA Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.
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