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Postel Service Award Past Awards

2015 -  Rob Blokzijl

The Internet Society today announced that its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2015 was presented to Rob Blokzijl for his pioneering work, 25 years of leadership at Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), and for enabling countless others to spread the Internet across Europe and beyond. 

2014 - Mahabir Pun 

The Internet Society awarded the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2014  to Mahabir Pun for his key role in bringing the Internet to rural Nepal with the founding of the Nepal Wireless Networking Project.

2013 - Elizabeth "Jake" Feinler

The Internet Society awarded the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2013 for her extensive contributions to the early development and administration of the Internet through her leadership of the Network Information Center (NIC) for the ARPANET and Defense Data Network (DDN).

2012 - Pierre Ouedraogo

The Internet Society awarded the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2012 to Pierre Ouedraogo for his exceptional contributions to the growth and vitality of the Internet in Africa. The international award committee, comprised of former Jonathan B. Postel award winners, noted that Mr. Ouedraogo played a significant role in the growth of the Internet in Africa and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to training young engineers and participating in regional Internet organizations.

2011 - Professor Kilnam Chon

During the IETF 82 meeting in Taipei, the Internet Society presented its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2011 to leading technologist Professor Kilnam Chon for his significant contributions in the development and advancement of the Internet in Asia.

2010 - Dr. Jianping Wu

The Internet Society awards its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2010 to leading Chinese technologist Dr. Jianping Wu for the pioneering role he has played in advancing Internet technology, deployment, and education in China and Asia Pacific over the last twenty years.

2009 - CSNET

On 29 July 2009, the Internet Society announced that the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for 2009 was presented to CSNET (the Computer Science Network), the research networking effort that during the early 1980s provided the critical bridge from the original research undertaken through the ARPANET to the modern Internet.

The Postel award was presented during the 75th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Stockholm, Sweden.

2008 - La Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed)

On 19 November 2008, the Internet Society announced that La Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed) is the recipient of the 10th Anniversary Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. The award was presented for EsLaRed's "sustained efforts to bring scientific, technical, and social progress in Latin America and the Caribbean through education, research, and development activities on technology transfer".

The Postel award was presented during the 70th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver, Canada.

2007 - Dr Nii Quaynor

On 5 December 2007, the Internet Society announced that Dr Nii Quaynor was this year's recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2007. The award was presented "for his leadership in advancing Internet technology in Africa and galvanizing technologists to improve Internet access and capabilities throughout the continent". The Postel award was presented during the 70th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver, Canada.

2006 - Bob Braden and Joyce K. Reynolds

On November 10 2006 the Internet Society announced that Bob Braden and Joyce K. Reynolds were this year's recipients of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2006. The award was presented "For their stewardship of the RFC (Request for Comments) series that enabled countless others to contribute to the development of the Internet". The Postel award was presented during the 67th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in San Diego, California.

2005 - Jun Murai

On August 16 2005 the Internet Society announced that Jun Murai was the recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2005. The award recognizes Professor Murai's vision and pioneering work that helped countless others to spread the Internet across the Asia Pacific region. The Postel award was presented during the 63rd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Paris, France.

2004 - Phill Gross

On August 5 2004 the Internet Society announced that Phill Gross was the recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2004. A co-founder of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Gross has been instrumental in defining and shaping the way in which the IETF standards process functions. The Postel award was presented during the 60th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in San Diego, California.

2003 - Peter Kirstein

On July 16 2003 the Internet Society announced that Internet pioneer Peter Kirstein was the recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2003. A founding member of the Internet Society, Professor Kirstein is one of the pioneers of the Internet and was directly involved with its development and evolution. He was awarded the Postel Service Award in recognition of his foresight, persistence and innovation in navigating international technical and political complexities, and thus enabling the global propagation of the Internet.

The Postel Award was presented during the 57th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vienna, Austria.

2002 - Steve Wolff

On June 24 2002 the Internet Society today announced that Internet pioneer Stephen Wolff is this year's recipient of the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2002. A founding member of the Internet Society, Wolff is considered one of the "fathers of the Internet" and was directly involved with its development and evolution. He was awarded the Postel Service Award in recognition of his significant contributions and long-standing service to the Internet community. The Postel award was presented during Internet Society's 10th Anniversary Reception, which was graciously hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, DC.

2001 - Daniel Karrenberg

Internet Society Chairman Brian Carpenter presented the 2001 Jonathan Postel Service Award to Mr. Daniel Karrenberg, one of the pioneers of the Internet's development in Europe, during the opening ceremony of the 2001 INET Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Members of the award committee for the 2001 Jonathan B.Postel Service Award were Mike Roberts - Chair, Kees Neggers, Florencio Utreras, Wawa Ngenge, Jun Murai, and Lynn St. Amour - ex-Officio.

2000 - Scott Bradner

Newly elected Internet Society Chair, Brian Carpenter presented the second Jonathan B. Postel Service Award to Scott Bradner during a Plenary session of the INET 2000 conference in Yokohama, Japan. Scott was unable to be present during the ceremony - as usual he was unselfishly working on Internet standards issues elsewhere in the world! Scott has been a virtual omnipresent individual in IETF activities for as many years as anyone can remember. He steadfastly works for the good of the Internet and the continued excellence of the IETF. His efforts are reflected in the phenomenal success of both.

1999 Jon Postel

Internet Society trustee Vint Cerf presented the Society's first Jonathan B. Postel Service Award to Jon Postel, for whom the award was named. The award was accepted by Lois Postel, Jon's mother, at INET'99. In her moving acceptance speech, Mrs. Postel reminded the crowd that it was up to them to ensure that the Net's tradition of open standards and open processes endure "because it's the right thing to do."