He was the main contributor on the idea of open-architecture networking.
Most known for his co-creation of the TCP/IP and partially responsible for DARPA’s
Internet Program. He coined the term National Information Infrastructure. He
tested the first ARPANet nodes at UCLA and he then realized that he needed to
move to Washington and began to work for DARPA as a automated manufacturer. He
lead the switch from ARPANet to TCP/IP and worked with AT&T in creating
the world's first internet browser.
Doug Englebart, Ph.D.:
A pioneer in the invention of interactive computer environments. He
created the first computer mouse and the first two dimensional editing system.
He was the first to demonstrate the idea of mixed text graphics and shared
screen viewing. He was actually drafted into the army, and while he was on
base he read Vannevar Bush's "As We May Think", which made him return home
and begin studying electrical engineering. He worked on the world's first
electronic computer network for ARPA.
Co-founder of Netscape and Mosaic. Made the same history as Marc
Andreessen and eventually won the Association for Computer Machinery
software systems award for his role in the creation of the World Wide Web
in 1995. Best known for contributions with Marc Andreessen on Netscape.
He was one of the first 5 people inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of
Fame along with Marc Andreessen, Tim Berners-Lee, Kevin Hughes, Rob
Hartill and Lou Montulli.
He is the inventor and patent holder of, “Persistent client state
in a hypertext transfer protocol based client-server system“. The main
problem he addressed during his time working at Netscape was how could
a computer know whether you had visited such site before. He was
specifically responsible for the innovation of "web proxying". He was
also a founding engineer at Mosaic Communications which later became
Co-founder of Netscape and one of the first young multi-millionaires
of the era. Worked with Eric Bina in the production of the first widespread
media browser called Mosaic. He eventually sold Netscape and continued to
work on smaller projects in the computing industry. He founded and created
the small company Opsware which he later sold to Hewlett-Packard (HP).
Steve Jobs / Steve Wozniak:
An entrepreneur that’s name is extremely well known in the computing
industry. Known most popularly for his creation of the company Apple, but
was also a innovator in the early years of the internet. He contributed in
the creation of Pixar and Disney and his company backed a lot of Pixar’s
early three dimensional animation projects. He created and manifested ideas
in personal interface technologies that stood against time and other
Rob Hartill, Ph.D.:
He Co-founded Apache Software Foundation and contributed heavily to
the HTTP server. His main contributions were additions to the media on the
world wide web. He created Imdb and is most known for the work he did to
create databases for the sharing of movie reviews. He was also hired by Amazon
in 1998. The Apache server was developed because students at the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign's webserver was unsupported because of the developers
who left to work on Netscape. Therefore they patched it and out came Apache
which is "free, reliable and efficient".
Ted Nelson, Ph.D.:
Pioneer of the Internet that came from a very different background in
the humanities. He went to a smaller liberal arts school where he supposedly,
“majored in everything”. He eventually went on to graduate school at Harvard
when he attempted to create a fluid web and created the concept of HyperCoin.
He was most known for project Xanadu where he worked on HCI and GUIs to produce
a computer network with a simple interface. He didn't like the idea of HTML
and thought it was a simplified version of his proposal in project Xanadu.
He thought that the idea of only outward links meant that there would be
chaos of never being able to backtrack.
Tim Berners Lee, KBH:
An innovator in the early development of the World Wide Web. While
working at CERN he created the idea of the web as a solution to a problem
that researchers were facing of the complexity of sharing research. He created
the idea of Hypertext that would be a new flexible way of sharing media.
Previous to web development he created a editor called Esquire. He eventually
used the basis of esquire to develop the concept of URLs, HTML, and HTTP.
Vannevar Bush, D.Eng.:
Student, Professor, Dean of Engineering and Vice President at MIT.
Best known for his differential analyzer used in the creation of the analog
computer that would solve equations with up to 18 different variables.
He was directly involved with the creation of the Internet, but passed
before he could see the World Wide Web. Most popular for his essay, “A
s We May Think”, which was a theorization of what we know today as hypertext.
It was about the idea of storing and retrieving memory by association.
Recognized as on of the “fathers of the internet”. He was also
co-founder of the internet society. While going to UCLA he was assigned
through ARPA to develop a packet switching network. He eventually became
the principal programmer for the Network Measurement Center. He co-designed
TCP/IP protocols and the overall architecture of the Internet. He is
a member of many prestigious societies of engineers and has received
numerous awards for his work on the development of the Internet and
the Web. Cerf spent a time on DARPA's team, but eventually left to
work with MCI. He spearheaded the first email provider's connection
to the Internet with support from MCI.