2014 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: Eric Allman

I worked on very ear­ly ver­sions of email on the ARPANET, actu­al­ly. And the prob­lem that I was try­ing to solve was that there were a lot of networks—the ARPANET was just one of them—and peo­ple want­ed to send email between these networks.

Eric Allman’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

When I start­ed, of course, there was no capital‑I Internet. There were, how­ev­er, even­tu­al­ly a bunch of small­er net­works that did­n’t talk to each oth­er, and I decid­ed that they need­ed to talk to each oth­er at least for email.