Prof. Dr. Leonard Kleinrock

Prof. Dr. Leonard Kleinrock

Dr. Leonard Kleinrock is considered a father of the Internet, having developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT. This was in the period 1960-1962, nearly a decade before the birth of the Internet which occurred in his laboratory when his Host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject; he also directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet.

Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963, serves as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and has founded a number of Internet companies. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, gigabit networks, nomadic computing, peer-to-peer networks, and intelligent software agents.

Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS Fellow, an IEC fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the NAE Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Marconi International Fellowship Award, the Okawa Prize, and was further recognized when he received the 2007 National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement in science bestowed by the President of the United States.

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