SIGCOMM Award Winner
Dr. Leonard Kleinrock is known as the Inventor of the Internet Technology, having created the basic principles of packet switching, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT. This was a decade before the birth of the Internet which occurred when his Host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject; he also directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet.
Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963 and has served as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles since then. He received his BEE degree from CCNY in 1957 (and an Honorary Doctor of Science from CCNY in 1997). He is a co-founder of Linkabit. He is also Founder and Chairman of Nomadix, Inc and of Technology Transfer Institute, both hi-tech firms located in Santa Monica, CA. He has published more than 200 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks and gigabit networks. Additionally, Dr. Kleinrock has recently launched the field of nomadic computing, the emerging technology to support users as soon as they leave their desktop environments; nomadic computing may well be the next major wave of the Internet.
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, an IEEE fellow and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the C.C.N.Y. Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the Marconi Award, the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the UCLA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Sigma Xi Monie Ferst Award, and the IEEE Harry Goode Award. He first became interested in electronics while reading a comic book at the age of six. The centerfold described how to build a crystal radio. He managed to collect the parts, make it work, and was amazed to hear music from this simple device; thus was an engineer born. The rest is history.