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Leonard Kleinrock is professor and chair of the Computer Science Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1963 and since 1969 has been a UCLA principal investigator for DARPA, currently working on advanced networking and distributed systems. He led the group at UCLA when it became the first node on the ARPANET in 1969 and when it served as the ARPANET Measurement Center. His research interests are in performance evaluation and design of many kinds of networks (e.g., packet switching, packet radio, local area, metropolitan area, broadband and gigabit) and parallel and distributed systems. He has published over 180 papers and is the author of five books: Communication Nets: Stochastic Message Flow and Delay (1964), Queueing Systems, Volume I: Theory (1975), Queueing Systems, Volume II: Computer Applications (1976), Solutions Manual for Queueing Systems, Volume I (1982), and Solutions Manual for Queueing Systems, Volume II (1986).
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Guggenheim Fellow, an IEEE Fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He has received numerous best paper and teaching awards, including the ICC 1978 Prize Winning Paper Award, the 1976 Lanchester Prize for outstanding work in Operations Research, and the Communications Society’s 1975 Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award. In 1982, in addition to his selection for the CCNY Townsend Harris Medal, he was cowinner of the L.M. Ericsson Prize, presented by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden, for his outstanding contribution in packet switching technology. In 1986 he received the 12th Marconi International Fellowship Award, presented by His Royal Highness Prince Albert, brother of King Baudouin of Belgium, for his pioneering work in the field of computer networks. In the same year, he received the UCLA Outstanding Teacher Award. In 1990 he received the ACM SIGCOMM award for his seminal role in developing methods for analyzing packet network technology.
Dr. Kleinrock was a cofounder and first president of Linkabit Corporation. He is also the founder and CEO of Technology Transfer Institute, a computer/communications seminar, conference, and consulting organization in Santa Monica, California.
He received his BS in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1957 (evening session) and his MSEE and PhDEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1959 and 1963, respectively.