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Raymond Tomlinson’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

The email @-sign, all that busi­ness, sort of nev­er came to light until about 1994, at which point some­body asked Where did email come from?”

Philip Zimmermann’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

PGP Started out as a human rights project. At the time, there was no way for ordi­nary peo­ple, as opposed to gov­ern­ments or suf­fi­cient­ly resourced institutions—there was no way for ordi­nary peo­ple to com­mu­ni­cate secure­ly over long dis­tances with­out the risk of inter­cep­tion. And so PGP was to change that.

Kilnam Chon’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

Wen you move out of this room, you can­not use the Internet any­more. Then what would you do? Today, we have two bil­lion peo­ple, includ­ing us, who can access the Internet. Then there is just sim­ple math. There’s five bil­lion peo­ple who don’t have access to the Internet. That’s my con­cern.

Lawrence Landweber’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

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.

Lawrence Roberts’ Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

The way it all start­ed was in 1964 I was at a con­fer­ence in the home­stead in Virginia. And Lick and I were sit­ting around talk­ing with Corbató, who was run­ning the time-sharing sys­tem at MIT. And Lick was talk­ing about what do we need next? And I was very inter­est­ed in that. And so he was say­ing, Well, we need a net­work to tie the machi­nes togeth­er. We need some way to have them com­mu­ni­cate.”

Steve Crocker’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

We had to choose a name for the oper­at­ing sys­tem for our net­work. We checked var­i­ous things— We had a Sigma 7, we went Sigma 7 Executive, 7 Executive, just SEX. First post on the ARPANET, we put sex on the Internet. It’s doc­u­ment­ed.

John Postel’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech (Posthumous)

For a long time I think we real­ly thought of him as sort of the Gandalf in the fam­i­ly. We had real­ly very lit­tle idea what he actu­al­ly did, but he was radi­at­ing kind of a qui­et, will­ful integri­ty which I think real­ly was the foun­da­tion of much of what hap­pened in his kind of shep­herd­ing of many of the­se process­es.

Tim Berners-Lee’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

People are amazed at the growth of the Web, but the growth of the Internet, that was actu­al­ly what hap­pened from zero. So the things that you guys have done from this have been the way that we have learned.

Leonard Kleinrock’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

I got to annoy you all morn­ing. So, this after­noon I’m going to tor­ture you with a lit­tle bit of poet­ry instead of dia­logue.

Robert Kahn’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

Bob couldn’t make it today. And if he could tele­port here—I mean that’s tech­nol­o­gy for the future—he would have been here this evening, but he con­tin­ues to pur­sue his vision of improv­ing con­nec­tiv­i­ty among peo­ple, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions envi­ron­ments that enable that. 

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