2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Dennis Jennings

I was invit­ed to go to the National Science Foundation and I joined them on the 1st of January 1985 as the first Program Director for Networking. So my role was to build the super­com­put­er access net­work. Well when I arrived I changed all that. I decid­ed that instead of build­ing a spe­cif­ic net­work for super­com­put­er access, I’d take a more strate­gic, long-term view—at least that’s how I express it nowa­days. I prob­a­bly didn’t think of it in those terms. 

Ed Krol’s Internet Hall of Fame 2017 Induction Speech

When I first learned about being named for this award, I lis­tened to the accep­tance speech­es of pri­or awardees and I noticed the cen­tral theme was I just hap­pened to be in the right place at the right time.” And in fact I just hap­pened to be in the right place at the right time.

Dennis Jennings’ Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

I was hired to build a super­com­put­er access net­work. or a set of net­works for super­com­put­er access. The rea­son I took the job was that I saw an oppor­tu­ni­ty to do some­thing much big­ger in that.