As part of a small crowd of early network pioneers at the University of California Berkeley, Eric Allman created Sendmail, which was one of the first mail transfer agents on the Internet and a key component of many email servers today.
Still, Allman likes to emphasize that he was just one of many people behind development of the Internet’s email standards and technology. He says it was only through friendly competition and years of collaboration and tweaks to what began as a mailing system on the ARPAnet that he ended up solving the technological issues that made the later versions of Sendmail in the late 80s and early 90s an Internet staple.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame as an ‘Innovator’ for being the first person to make Internet addresses highly configurable by rewriting the email rule technology. He was also recognized for creating Syslog, the de facto standard logging mechanism used in nearly all open systems and peripherals.
His interest in computers began in the late 60s, he says, when he still in middle school in California.
While most people didn’t even know what a computer was then, Allman said he joined an after school program that enabled students to play around with one of the school district’s IBM mainframe computers. There, he said he learned both FORTRAN and accurate typing skills because programming was still done by key punch cards.
It wasn’t long...
With inductees from ten countries, we continue to see celebrations of the Internet Hall of Fame 2017 inductee class around the globe. We’ve gathered a selection of articles from publications in Brazil, China, Japan and beyond celebrating the achievements of this year's cohort.
Brazil - Canal Tech : Quatorze visionários da tecnologia entram para o Internet Hall of Fame
Barbados - Loop News: Barbadian Alan Emtage Inducted Into Internet Hall of Fame
Chile - EMol: ...
As the Internet Society celebrates 25 years of advocacy for an open, globally-connected, and secure Internet, we are honored to recognize some of the trailblazers who have fueled the Internet’s historic growth.
On September 18, the Internet Society gathered to honor the fourth class of Internet Hall of Fame Inductees at UCLA, where nearly 50 years ago the first message was sent over the Internet’s predecessor, the ARPANET. Over the years, the Internet has evolved thanks to the tireless efforts of individuals, including these inductees, who believed in the potential of an open Internet.
Representing 10 countries, the 14 individuals who comprise the 2017 inductee class are computer scientists, academics, inventors and authors who have advanced the Internet with key technical contributions, fostered its global reach and increased the general public’s understanding of how it works—in turn accelerating global accessibility and usage among us all.
Ultimately, the success of the Internet depends on the people behind it, and these inductees personify the pioneering spirit of the ‘Innovators’ and ‘Global Connectors’ that have been so instrumental in bringing us this unprecedented technology. They are some of...
In anticipation of the 2017 Internet Hall of Fame ceremony on September 18th in Los Angeles, we're taking a look back at ceremonies from years past to see what's inspired us.
One such moment came from Tim Berners-Lee in 2012, when he was inducted into the inaugural Internet Hall of Fame for his groundbreaking development of the World Wide Web.
In his acceptance speech, he pays homage to his own mentors, including fellow inductee Ben Segal, noting that without these mentors, the World Wide Web would not have been possible.
His remarks include a nod not just to the past creators of the Internet, but to the future ones, and to a hope for a decentralized and open Internet that continues to serve and support a growing and truly global community.
Addressing a room full of fellow inductees, he noted: "There are other waves coming on. They’re building on top of the Web, they’re building on top of the open Web platform and so on, but hopefully they’re all building using the same fundamental principles. Not only about how we build stuff, but also about how we work together--about the decentralized and open and caring...community that you guys have set up--we have tried to set up--and I hope they will set up in time....
This June, Abhaya Induruwa was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “exceptional contributions in the digital arena” at the first Sri Lanka Telecom Zero One Awards ceremony. Induruwa was inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2014 as a 'Global Connector' and continues to work as a leader in the international community as head of the Centre for Cybercrime and Security Innovation in the School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing at the Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom. Watch his award presentation below, with Induruwa's remarks on his decades of work to bring connectivity to Sri Lanka.