David Clark

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Since the mid 70s, Dr. Clark has been leading the development of the Internet; from 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Protocol Architect in this development, and chaired the Internet ActivitiesBoard. Recent activities include extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding local loop employment. New activities focus on the architecture of the Internet in the post-PC era. He is former chairman of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.


  • M. Blumenthal and D. Clark. Rethinking the design of the Internet: The end to end arguments vs. the brave new world. To appear in ACM Trans. Internet Technology. Also to appear in Communications Policy in Transition: The Internet and Beyond. B. Compaine and S. Greenstein, eds. MIT Press, Sept. 2001
  • D. Clark, W. Lehr and I. Liu. Provisioning for Bursty Internet Traffic: Implications for Industry and Internet Structure. MIT ITC Workshop on Internet Quality of Service. Nov. 1999
  • D. Clark. A Taxonomy of Internet Telephony Applications. Telephony, the Internet, and the Media. J. MacKie-Mason and D. Waterman, eds. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 1998
  • D. Clark and W. Fang. Explicit Allocation of Best-Effort Packet Delivery Service. IEEE/ACM Trans. Networking. Vol 6,4. August 1998
  • D. Clark. Implications of Local Loop Technology for Future Industry Structure. Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, October 1998.
  • S. Shenker, D. Clark, D. Estrin, S. Herzog, Pricing in computer networks: reshaping the research agenda. Telecommunications Policy, Vol 20,3. 1996
  • D. Clark and D. Wilson. A comparison of commercial and military computer security policies. IEEE Symposium on Security and privacy, Oakland, April 1987
  • D. Clark. The design philosophy of the DARPA Internet protocols. ACM SigComm Symposium, August 1988


  • Internet Hall of Fame: Inductee (2013)
  • ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communications: Test of Time Award (2012)
  • Oxford University: Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science: Saul Gorn Memorial Lecturer (2004)
  • Computing Research Association: Distinguished Service Award (2004)
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences: Fellow (2002)
  • Association for Computing Machinery: Fellow (2001)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Communications Society Award for Public Service in the Field of Telecommunications (2001)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Richard W. Hamming Medal (1998)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Fellow (1998)
  • National Academy of Engineering: Member (1996)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers: Award in International Communication (1995)
  • Association for Computing Machinery: SIGCOMM Award (1990)