Leonard Kleinrock
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Dr. Leonard Kleinrock is known as an inventor of Internet technology, having created the basic principles of packet switching, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This was a decade before the birth of the Internet, which occurred when his host computer at the University of California, Los Angeles, became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject; he also directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet.

Dr. Kleinrock is chief executive officer, chairman, and founder of Nomadix, Incorporated, an Internet startup in the Los Angeles area. He is also chairman of TTI/Vanguard, a technology forum devoted to emerging technologies. He was a founder and the first president of Linkabit Corporation.

Dr. Kleinrock has published more than 225 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects, including packet switching networks, packet radio networks,  networks, broadband networks, and gigabit networks. Additionally, he has recently launched the field of nomadic computing, the emerging technology to support users as soon as they leave their desktop environments.

Leonard Kleinrock received his master's in electrical engineering in 1959, and his doctorate in electrical engineering in 1963, both from MIT, and has served as a professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles, since then. He received his bachelor of science in electrical engineering from City College of New York (CCNY) in 1957 (also an honorary doctorate of science from CCNY in 1997, and an honorary doctor of science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 2000). Dr. Kleinrock was born in New York City in 1934. He resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with his wife, Stella.

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  • 2001
  • Development of the Internet.