Jon Postel


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Jon Postel

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(Jonathan Bruce Postel, 1943 - 1998-10-16) /p*-stel'/ One of the Internet's founding fathers. Jon's name is prominent on many of the fundamental standards on which the Internet is built, such as UDP. He ran IANA for as long as anybody could remember, in fact for most of the time he *was* IANA.

He wrote STD 1, STD 2 and several dozen other RFCs. His friend Vinton Cerf noted his passing in RFC 2468.

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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.S.
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'.
<http://www.rfceditor.org/rfc/rfc760.txt>, 21; Jon Postel, ed.,
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.
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 [10]; it has hardly changed since then, other than the addition of a few new country codes.
During the past few year, questions relating to the Internet's domain name structure have become highly politically charged.(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.(3) That plan was quickly endorsed(4) by the Internet Society, the nonprofit membership organization that is home to key Internet technical bodies.(5) It bogged down, though, as a result of fighting within the Internet community, opposition from trademark lawyers, and conflicts over jurisdiction.(6) The process spawned congressional hearings(7) and lawsuits.(8) We are still sorting through the debris.
16, Jon Postel died from complications from heart surgery.
Joe Sims, a lawyer within the technology of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue worked closely with the late IANA director Jon Postel in the drafts of bylaws and articles that, after five revisions, led to ICANN.