Paul Baran the “Internet Inventor” has Died

By Jamie Pert - Mar 28, 2011

Most people will not know who the US scientist Paul Baran was, however you could argue that without him you would not be reading this article now as he helped invent the Internet, sadly he recently passed away.

Baran passed away at home on March 26 due to complications caused by lung cancer, not only was he one of the inventors of the Internet but he also invented technologies used by DSL modems and wireless mesh networking systems. One thing which some people may not know is that he invented the first-ever metal detector to be used in airports.

Baran is most famous for inventing the world’s first packet switching network, initially Baran’s research was put to work during the Cold War, later it formed the basis for Arpanet (an academic network), eventually this led to the creation of the Internet, you can see just how influential Paul Baran was in this article.

It seems as if even Baran did not know how popular and important his inventions would become, in a paper written in 1966 Baran said that it would be an “absolute lunatic fringe idea” if people used online networks for shopping and news in the year 2000, we can now see just how wrong this statement was.

Without Paul Baran we doubt that there would be a Product-Reviews.net, therefore on behalf of the entire Product-Reviews team R.I.P Paul Baran.

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