Internet pioneer Paul Baran dies at 84

“US scientist Paul Baran, whose work in the 1960s helped pave the way for the internet, has died aged 84,” BBC News reports.

“Mr Baran thought up the idea of making communication networks resilient to attack or traffic surges by splitting the data sent over them into chunks,” The Beeb reports. “His pioneering work was carried out in connection with Cold War military research. It would later form the basis of the academic network Arpanet which eventually led to the internet.”

The Beeb reports, “Contributions from British scientist Donald Davies led to Mr Baran’s ideas being adapted into a technology known as packet switching. This cuts data up into small chunks that are then despatched around the network. ‘Paul wasn’t afraid to go in directions counter to what everyone else thought was the right or only thing to do,” Vinton Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet and a longtime friend of Baran, told the New York Times. Mr Baran died at home in Palo Alto, California from complications caused by lung cancer.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Scott J.” for the heads up.]

12 Comments

  1. Are they sure about this. Al Gore said he “took the initiative in creating the Internet”.

    Very odd.

    “I took the initiative in creating the Internet”
    March of 1999 interview with Wolf Blitzer

    Ok, that is like suggesting a time machine could be used with no idea of how to make one. Kind of like the patent lawsuits we read about these days.

    All fun aside, our many thanks to all those who “helped pave the way” for us today. May we do the same for the next generation.

  2. If it’s all the same to the rest of you, I think anyone with clout in Congress (regardless of party affiliation) who championed legislation that encouraged the infrastructure necessary for the Internet to come into being is not out of line to say that they “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

    One of the biggest myths in American politics that I’ve heard repeated dozens of times is that Al Gore said that he “invented the Internet.” He did not say that, and repeating it a million times does not make it true.

    1. @midwestmac: “who championed legislation that encouraged the infrastructure necessary for the Internet to come into being is not out of line to say that they “took the initiative in creating the Internet.”

      Soooo…

      If Republicans who championed legislation that encouraged Civil Rights and voted for it’s passage, necessary for Civil Rights to come into being is not out of line to say that they “took initiative as champions of Civil Rights.”

      YEAH… LIKE THAT WILL FLY WITH THE LEFT AND THE NAACP!

      1. I give up. If you want to fight insanity with insanity, there’s nothing that can be done for you.

        Did you ever consider just accepting logic where it exists instead of worrying about how the “other side” is “just as bad?” It’s such a waste of energy, not?

    1. RIP Paul Baran…

      In Memoriam, instead of the “Funeral March” music, will there instead, be the infamous 56K Modem chime…

      Kkccccczzz, BEEP, Kkkkkkzzzz, BEEP-beep-bob, Cccckkkkzz….

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