I guess I’m supposed to say how historic things happen, but what I’d like to do is actually paraphrase a comment that is fairly traditional in mathematics and was first taught to me by Dick Hamming, that I have done good things (I’m paraphrasing) because I’ve stood on the shoulders of great people that preceded me.
I started in this business by knowing one of the great people who contributed to the Internet, Paul Baran, who became a close and valued friend and teacher of how to think, how to get things done, and how to be honest. I spent most my career in the academic world, and as many many teachers—a lot of your work depends on your students. They’re the ones who drive you. They’re the ones who keep you young. They’re the ones who inspire you, and I have had some great students. Like Jon Postel, Dave Sincoskie, a whole bunch of excellent students that really drove me on, because they would come in and they’d say, “I want to do this,” and you think, “They can’t make that work.” And they go and do it.
I look forward to more students and more exciting future. I think the Internet is just starting. I don’t think we’re anywhere near it being developed the way it will be in the future. We’re going to get faster networks. We’re going to get faster computers. And we’re going to get securer environments. And there’s no way we can avoid it unless government puts its foot down in the wrong place. So I thank you very much for the honor, and look forward to the future. Thank you.
Dave Farber profile, Internet Hall of Fame 2013