Well, my involvement with networks started in the late 70s. In fact, 1977 I was happily proving theorems in computational complexity, Petri nets, and at that point I’d learned about email and I learned about the ARPANET and realized for the first time that there was a real-world part of computer science, and not just proving theorems. And so I ended up taking a sabbatical, going to Berkeley, spending a year learning about networking, and putting together a group that eventually proposed CSNET. And thanks to help from Vint and Bob and others—well, Vint and Bob particularly, we were able to get funding from the NSFNET and put together a community network for US computer research groups. And it was amazing because there was a thirst for this resource. And we talked to many people. Everybody wanted to be involved, and within a couple of years we had two hundred universities involved.
Now, the other thing that happened in the 80s was the same phenomenon that was happening all over the world. And it was really exciting. There were people in this room who were starting to plan and build networks in other countries other than the United States. And what was amazing was the ability to get these people together, and everybody was very interested in cooperating and collaborating. And as a result of that, an entire community, an international community, developed. And that for me was even as exciting as what we were doing in the US.
Later, this morphed into INET, and again working with Vint and Bob, we moved some of the collaboration and cooperation to the INET conferences. And again, everything has been exciting. So I’ve spent thirty years working in this field, and my hope is that medical science will make it possible for me to spend another thirty years. You know, I expect to need some number of body parts in that time. Anyway. But it’s been an incredibly exciting odyssey for me. I’d like to thank the Internet Society for this honor. And I also, having been involved with the Internet Society in the past, am incredibly impressed with the support for the Internet and what the organization has accomplished in recent years. So again, thank you, and I look forward to continue working with many of you in the audience.
There is also a longer profile of Lawrence Landweber that was done for the 2012 event.