[LINK] Internet packet switching pioneer dies

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Tue Mar 29 11:57:08 AEDT 2011

"Internet pioneer Paul Baran dead at 84
March 28, 2011 - 11:21PM

Paul Baran, whose work with packaging data in the 1960s has been 
credited with playing a role in the later development of the 
internet, has died at age 84, his son said.

Baran died at his home in Palo Alto, California Saturday night, US 
time, of complications from lung cancer, David Baran told the Associated Press.

Paul Baran is best known for the idea of "packet-switching", in which 
data is bundled into small packages and sent through a network. Baran 
outlined the concept while working on Cold War issues for the RAND 
Corporation in Santa Monica in 1963 and 1964.
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In 1969 the technology became a concept the Department of Defence 
used in creating the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, numerous 
reports on the subject said.

The idea had been so advanced at its development that private 
companies had passed on it."


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