One of the earliest internet designers, Lawrence & # 39; Larry & # 39; Roberts died on December 26 at the age of 81. Roberts is famous for his work as a program manager at The Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) where he developed precursors to the internet, ARPAnet.
He is not famous in public like other key figures such as Tim Berners-Lee or Vint Cerf, however, his contribution undoubtedly shapes the way the internet is now used. The idea of a computer-to-computer network began to develop in the 1960s.
Roberts entered the field when he was chosen by the Head of the ARPA Information Processing Engineering Office Robert Taylor to help connect ARPA's research computers together.
Roberts's influence still resonates
Roberts finally applied ARPAnet, adhering to the idea of switching data packages to handle traffic. Roberts left ARPA in 1973 but he continued to have a strong influence. He helped with commercial data packages through his own company Telenet and then spent years afterwards with the aim of improving the quality of the internet network.
His other company, Caspian Networks (since death) and Anagran focused on improving service quality for technologies such as video streaming. Roberts is far from a household name, his intelligence and determination have touched the internet in a way that still feels today.
Licklider inspires a long career
Roberts completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in electrical engineering and after reading J.C.R. Licklider's paper on the concept of "intergalactic computer networks" which he turned his attention to computer networks.