CSAIL Senior Research Scientist David Clark has been presented with the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Lifetime Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the development of the Internet. The award was presented at a Gala Dinner celebrating the 10th anniversary of the OII in September.
Clark is renowned for his work leading the development of the Internet. He served as Chief Protocol Architect in developing the Internet from 1981-1989 and also chaired the Internet Activities Board. Clark’s work with the Internet’s end-to-end principle, which stated that communications operations should be set to occur at the end-points of communications systems whenever possible, is still widely recognized today. He is currently working on redefining the architectural underpinnings of the Internet.
"I am extremely fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work on the Internet over the course of my career. Looking forward, it is clear that the technologists are not the ones defining what the Internet will become. It is thus especially gratifying to receive this award from an institution that is not centered in technology, but rather in the larger social and policy issues that are defining the future of the Internet," said Clark.
For more on Clark’s work, please visit: http://www.csail.mit.edu/user/1526. For more on the award, please visit: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2011/clark-lifetime-achievement.html.