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Postel Service Award

Each year, the Internet Society awards the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. This award is presented to an individual or an organization that has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community.

The award is named for Dr. Jonathan B. Postel to recognize and commemorate the extraordinary stewardship exercised by Jon over the course of a 30 year career in networking. He served as the editor of the RFC series of notes from its inception in 1969 until 1998. He also served as the ARPANET “numbers Czar” and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority over the same period of time. He was a founding member of the Internet Architecture (nee Activities) Board and the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also served as a Trustee.

Past award recipients

2016 - Kanchana Kanchanasut

The Internet Society awarded Dr. Kanchana Kanchanasut the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2016 for her three decades of persistent Internet pioneering work in Thailand and for enabling countless others to spread the Internet across Southeast Asia and beyond.

2015 - Rob Blokzijl

The Internet Society presented the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2015 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 - Professor Jianping Wu

2009 - CSNET

2008 - La Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes

2007 - Nii Quaynor

2006 - Bob Braden and Joyce K. Reynolds

2005 - Jun Murai

2004 - Phill Gross

2003 - Peter Kirstein

2002 - Steve Wolff

2001 - Daniel Karrenberg

2000 - Scott Bradner

1999 - Jon Postel (posthumously)