Internet was created by hundreds of people over several decades; some
of those mentioned in this site are listed below.
Paul Baran -- Invented the concept of
packet switched networks.
Robert Braden -- Led development of RFC's 1122 and 1123, Requirements for Internet Hosts.
Bush -- Wrote the first visionary description of the potential uses for
-- Co-designer of the Internet TCP/IP networking protocol.
Lance Cottrell -- Invented the mixmaster
remailer and the original Anonymizer.com web anonymizer.
Dave Crocker -- Worked on some of the early email applications.
Crocker -- Organized the Request For Comments documents.
Davies -- Independently invented packet-switching.
Ellis, Cocks, and Williamson -- Worked in secret on public key cryptography.
Kahn -- Co-designer of the Internet TCP/IP networking protocol.
Leonard Kleinrock -- Pioneered digital
network analysis, and helped build the ARPANET.
Ed Krol -- Led the team that established the NSFNET, and wrote two of the first comprehensive surveys of the Internet.
Licklider -- Popularized the concept of a universal network throughout
DARPA and influenced his successors.
Marshall McLuhan -- Popularized
the concept of the global village throughout the world.
Merkle, Diffie, and Hellman -- First discovered and published the concept of public key cryptography.
Jean Armour Polly -- First popularized the phrase "surfing the Internet"
Postel -- Managed the IANA; RFC Editor for 25 years.
Joyce K. Reynolds -- Supported IANA. Now the RFC Editor.
Ritchie -- Helped develop the Unix operating system and C programming
Rivest, Shamir, and Adleman -- Discovered the first workable public key algorithm.
Lawrence Roberts -- Program
Manager for the ARPANET.
Ben Segal -- Helped Europe convert to TCP/IP via the EUnet.
Stallman -- Launched the GNU operating system.
Thompson -- Led development of the Unix operating system.
Torvalds -- Developed the kernel, Linux, often used
with the GNU system.
Wiener -- Developed the field of Cybernetics.
Jean-François Abramatic -- The first chairman of the World Wide Web Consortium.
-- Led the team that invented the first widely popular web browser, called Mosaic.
Berners-Lee -- Developed the first web server, browser, and editor.
Robert Cailliau -- Collaborated with
Berners-Lee on development of the web at CERN.
Engelbart -- Developed the mouse, the graphical user interface, and the
first working hypertext system.
-- First invented the concept of hypertext.
-- Wrote the first Netnews Usenet program.
Daniel -- Wrote a second, more capable Netnews program.
Ellis -- Co-conceiver of the idea of Usenet.
Horton -- First connected the ARPANET to the USENET.
Kantor -- Helped develop the NNTP protocol.
Lapsley -- Helped develop the NNTP protocol.
Reid -- Helped created the alt hierarchy.
Spafford -- Formalized the early Usenet backbone.
Truscott -- Co-conceiver of the idea of Usenet.
-- Developed the first email program for the ARPANET.
Vittal -- Developed the first modern email program.
Wessler -- Improved the ARPANET email program.
Yonke -- Integrated one of the first email programs.
-- Developed the Majordomo mailing list software.
Huttar -- Helped develop the modern Internet Oracle.
Kinzler -- Helped develop the modern Internet Oracle.
Kotsikonas -- Developed the Listproc mailing list software.
Langston -- Developed the original Internet Oracle.
Thomas -- Developed the Listserv mailing list software.
Marsh -- Developed the Elsewhere talker program.
Oikarinen -- Developed Internet Relay Chat.
Stephens -- Developed the second talker program.
Thompson -- Developed the first talker program.
Turoff -- Developed the first multi-machine chat system.
Vallee -- Developed the PLANET chat system.
Aspnes -- Wrote the first TinyMUD.
Bartle -- Took over development of MUD1 from Trubshaw.
Crowther -- Developed the early computer game Adventure.
Curtis -- Developed the idea of the MOO.
Pensjl -- Helped develop the original LPMUD.
Trubshaw -- Developed the first MUD.