When we think of visionaries and the Internet, we often recall Google's Vint Cerf, the man who co-developed the TCP/IP architecture -- the "guts" of the Internet. However, what about the man who's directly credited with helping "build" the Internet?
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Carnegie Mellon's Dr. David Farber, one of the most important figures of our time. Dr. Farber talks about his earlier years at Bell Labs, working with the analog computer and IBM's first PC, designing the first digital switch for today's telephones, the future of the Internet, and much more.
This is an audio interview
About Dr. David Farber
Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
(Wikipedia) David J. Farber is a professor of Computer Science, noted for his major contributions to programming languages and computer networking. He is currently Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Dr. Farber graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1956 and began an 11-year career at Bell Laboratories, where he helped design the first electronic switching system (ESS-1) and the programming language SNOBOL. He subsequently held industry positions at the Rand Corporation and Scientific Data Systems, followed by academic positions at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Delaware.
At Irvine his research work was focused on creating the world's first operational Distributed Computer System. While a member of the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Delaware, he helped conceive and organize the major American research networks CSNET, NSFNet, and the National Research and Education Network (NREN).
Dr. Farber subsequently was appointed Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems at the University of Pennsylvania where he also held appointments as Professor of Business and Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business and as a Faculty Associate of the Annenberg School for Communication. He served as Chief Technologist at the US Federal Communications Commission (2000-2001) while on leave from the university.