Internet Hall of Fame Innovators

May 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The third and final part of my Internet Hall of Fame series. Today, the innovators:

  • Mitchell Baker –  instrumental player in the development of Mozilla and founding chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, Baker helped legitimize Open Source Internet applications
  • Tim Berners-Lee – invented the WWW
  • Robert Cailliau – developed with Tim Berners-Lee, a hypertext system for accessing documentation
  • Van Jacobson – his algorithms for the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) helped solve the problem of congestion
  • Larry Landweber – helped establish the first network gateways between the US and countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America
  • Paul Mockapetris – invented the DNS
  • Craig Newmark – founder of Craigslist
  • Raymond Tomlinson – inventing network electronic mail and choosing the “@” sign in emails
  • Linus Torvalds – creator of the Linux operating system
  • Philip Zimmermann –  creator of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)

No doubt many more names over time will be added to this category.

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6 Responses to “Internet Hall of Fame Innovators”

  1. Ross Nixon (614 comments) says:

    David Harris (of Dunedin) – first decent email client and mail server.

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  2. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    What about the way Wall St is run by algorithms. No one is involved at all.

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  3. Dazzaman (1,134 comments) says:

    Berners-Lee, Jacobson & Torvalds still get commented on in IT lecture notes. Guru-ized.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson (1,866 comments) says:

    Abraham Lempel, Jacob Ziv, and Terry Welch invented LZW compression which was the foundation for efficient data storage and transmission over slow links.

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  5. Fletch (6,243 comments) says:

    What about Al Gore?

    He claims to have invented the internet, doesn’t he?
    From his own mouth –

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  6. graham (2,328 comments) says:

    Doesn’t Craigslist belong more in the Hall of Shame?

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