Paul Mockapetris and Jon Postel
introduce DNS in 1984, which also introduces the domain name system.
ICANN's complex and unusual structure grew out of the peculiarities of the early Internet, when its core job was done by just one man: Jon Postel
, a California computer scientist known as the 'God of the Internet'.
In those early days, computer scientist Jon Postel
managed the internet names and addresses by himself.
The Postel Award was established by the Internet Society to honour individuals or organisations that, like Jon Postel
, have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.
Gordon Moore Moore's Law (Co-founder of Intel) * Jacques Ellul Author of The Technological Society * Neil Postman Author of Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology * Paul Baran Survivable networks; packet switching * Leonard Kleinrock ARPANET Node 1 1969 * Vint Cerf Co-creator TCP/IP * Robert Kahn Co-creator TCP/IP * Paul Otlet Early universally accessible bibliographies * Ted Nelson Hypertext * Douglas Engelbert Computer mouse * Tim Berners-Lee The Web * Samuel Morse Telegraph * John Perry Barlow Co-founder Electronic Freedom Foundation * Jon Postel
Managed IP addresses; took over Net for a day * Ira Magaziner Only U.
use between machines, while its author, Jon Postel
, is remembered for
In 1997, during the process that led to the creation of ICANN, the US Congress was outraged to discover that Dr Jon Postel
, the previous custodian of the IANA function, had delegated Libya a domain.
See Dominic Gates, Culture Clash in the Root Zone: Should Jon Postel
Be the Master of Your Domain?
There is a tribute to Jon Postel
, father of the Internet, who died in October, 1998.
As a practical matter, Internet pioneer Jon Postel
fixed the list of TLDs in 1984 ; it has hardly changed since then, other than the addition of a few new country codes.
2) In 1996, Jon Postel
, one of the most respected members of the Internet technical community, circulated a plan to reshape the domain name space radically through the addition of many new generic top-level domains.
16, Jon Postel
died from complications from heart surgery.