CSNET Receives Postel Award
Researchers from Purdue University, the University of Delaware, RAND Corporation, and the University of Wisconsin were recognized for their early contributions to the development of the Internet. The designers of CSNET, the Computer Science Network, were awarded the 2009 Internet Society (ISOC) Postel Award. The award was announced July 29, 2009 at the ISOC meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Postel Award recognizes the four principle investigators and their teams for the development of CSNET. The PI’s of the NSF-funded project in 1981 were Prof. Peter Denning (Purdue), Prof. David Farber (Delaware), Dr. Anthony Hearn (RAND), and Prof. Lawrence Landweber (Wisconsin).
Research at Purdue was led by Denning and Prof. Douglas Comer. Comer was responsible for the design and development of the software that allowed the use of the new TCP/IP protocols over the X.25 commercial packet-switched network.