michael stanton

Michael Stanton

Michael Stanton prompted the Brazilian government to build the country’s first national research network after he initiated a national conversation about the need for one and played a lead role in the team that created it. In 1987, as chair of the computer science department at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC/RJ), Stanton convened Brazilian researchers, government officials and the state-owned telecommunications provider to discuss building a single national research network with access to the outside world. In 1989, the government acted on the resulting prompts by launching a project to build the National Research Network, or RNP (now the National Education and Research Network), and in 1990 Stanton joined the coordination team that would ultimately bring the Internet to Brazil in 1992. Read his full bio here.