Robert Taylor, internet and computer pioneer, dies aged 85
Robert Taylor, who was involved in creating the internet and the modern personal computer, has died. He was 85. Taylor who had Parkinson’s disease,died on Thursday at his home in San Francisco his son told to the Los Angeles times.
While working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966, Mr Taylor shepherded the creation of single computer network APRANET — which evolved into the internet — after becoming frustrated he had to use three separate terminals to communicate with researchers around the country
Roberts had a problem, though: the hosts needed software too. To deal with it, he convened a meeting of network researchers, mostly graduate students, at Snowbird, Utah, in the summer of 1969. The graduate students expected some network expert to explain the grand design of the network and its software to them and then assign each of them the job of writing part of it. They were astounded when there was no network expert and no grand design. They had to figure out what to do on their own.Nevertheless, somehow an experimental network went online in December
1969 with four nodes: at UCLA, UCSB, SRI, and the University of Utah. Thesefour were chosen because all had a large number of ARPA contracts, and all had different and completely incompatible host computers (just to make it more fun). The first host-to-host message had been sent two months earlier from the UCLA node by a team led by Len Kleinrock (a pioneer of the theory of packet switching) to the SRI node. The network grew quickly as more IMPs were delivered and installed; it soon spanned the United States. Figure 1-27 shows how rapidly the
ARPANET grew in the first 3 years.
In 1961, Mr Taylor was a project manager for NASA when he directed funding to Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, who helped develop the modern computer mouse.
In the 1990s, Taylor ran the Systems Research Center in Palo Alto for Digital Equipment Corporation. The lab helped create AltaVista, one of the first internet search engines. Taylor retired in 1996.
The Way growing these days due to the internet is by work and sacrifice done by MR.Robert Taylor. Our deep condolences is the only way we can thank him.