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September 30, 2008

Paul Baran

Paul Baran was one of the 3 inventors (1960's) of the "packet-switched networks".  This is a method where data traffic gets split into chunks which we then call packets.  These are routed over shared networks.  

Without this invention, the Internet would really have struggled to happen!   He wrote a lot of papers which described his ideas, in particular an architecture for "a large-scale, distributed, survivable communications network."  

He is soon to visit the White House to be honoured for his contribution to the Internet.

He says:  ""When it comes to things like science it doesn't make a damn bit of difference where the idea comes from, whether it comes from a person in India or here, as long as we all share it." 

Spoken like a true scientist.

Read more at Physorg

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