Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

2001 Draper Prize Recipients Forecast Internet's Future at Technical Forum at Boston's Museum of Science

Dr. Robert Kahn and Dr. Larry Roberts, two of the four engineers who received the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize for the development of the Internet, have participated in the annual Charles Stark Draper Laboratory's Technical Forum at the Museum of Science, Boston, Mass. Hosted by Draper Laboratory's President Vincent Vitto and the Museum's President and Director David Ellis, the forum attracted nearly 100 attendees.

Both recipients shared with the attendees a brief history of the development of the Internet and projections of what it will be like in the future. In his presentation entitled, "Internet: History and Future," Dr. Roberts painted an optimistic future for the Internet and predicted that Internet protocol would grow in use and its capability to transfer data and will, in less than 4 years, be used to broadcast television, and in 10 years, be used to broadcast television to cellular phones.

Dr. Kahn considered the Internet to be a 1990s phenomenon. In his presentation, "Evolution and Future of the Internet," he detailed how the Internet came to be and the many challenges there were to make it applicable for consumer use. He stated that the wireless Internet use will grow and that there will, probably, be one electronic consumer device to manage voice, data, and video.

The event concluded with a viewing of the IMAX movie, "Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure," followed by a reception.

With nearly 2 million visitors annually, the Museum of Science is one of New England's premiere tourist attractions. Among the museum's 400 exhibits, stands the Charles Stark Draper Prize exhibit. The exhibit changes after each presentation of the Draper Prize and features educational information on the selected achievement. It recently was remodeled to highlight the Internet, the selected achievement for the 2001 Draper Prize.