Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84

Monday Mar 28th 2011 by Staff

The man whose ideas helped create the Internet succumbed to lung cancer this weekend.

NY Times: In the 1960s, Paul Baran came up with an idea for packaging data in bundles he called "message blocks"--a technique we know today as "packet switching." At that time, Baran wanted to create a distributed communication network, but AT&T thought the idea would never work. However, Baran's ideas eventually led to the creation of Arpanet and the Internet.

Paul Baran died of lung cancer last weekend at the age of 84.

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