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Technology 20 July 2000

Scott Bradner Receives Internet Society’s Postel Service Award

WASHINGTON, DC — The Internet Society announced today that noted Internet standards leader and Internet pioneer Scott O. Bradner has been awarded the prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award for 2000.

In presenting the award, Geoff Huston, Chair of the Internet Society, said, “Scott Bradner was introduced to many of us with his accurate and careful measurements of router performance. He has been a long standing participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force, and continues to serve on the Internet Engineering Steering Group as the Area Director for Transport. He was a Trustee for six years from 1993 until 1999 and continues to serve as the Society’s Vice-President for Standards. This is an impressive set of contributions and is worthy of recognition in Jon Postel’s name as the 2000 recipient of the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award.”

Don Heath, president and CEO of the Internet Society, said, “We established the award to honor the late Jon Postel by recognizing his unselfish and substantial contributions to the Internet over a 25 year period.” He added, “Scott Bradner exemplifies the spirit of all that Jon brought to the Internet community and his outstanding contributions have made this year’s choice an easy one.”

Bradner has been an active contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force for over a decade, and has served as a Working Group Chair, the Area Director for Operations and currently serves as the Area Director for Transport. He also was the Director of the IPv6 area, and oversaw the process of refinement of a number of proposals into the definition of a coherent architecture for IPv6.

He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1993, at the same time as Dr. Postel’s election, and reelected for a second three-year term in 1996. Bradner currently serves the Society as its Vice-President for Standards, and has been the prime author of the current Internet Standards Process documents. Bradner has also been an instructor on the Internet Society’s Network Training Workshops for Developing Countries for many years, and has been a catalyst for the development of operationally robust Internet services in many areas of the world.

“Scott’s careful judgement and good humor has been a major contribution to many of the Society’s activities, and we are please be to able to recognize his contributions in this unique fashion,” Heath added.

About the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award

The Award is named for Dr. Jonathan B. Postel, an Internet pioneer and head of the organization that administered and assigned Internet names, protocol parameters, and Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. He was the primary architect behind what has become the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the successor organization to his work.

The Award is presented at the Internet Society’s annual INET Conference. It consists of an engraved crystal globe and US $20,000.00. Future awards will be presented at INET 2001 in Stockholm, in 2002, and every other year thereafter.

Scott Bradner becomes the second recipient of the award. The first was presented posthumously to Dr. Postel in 1999.

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is a non-profit, non-governmental, open membership organization whose worldwide individual and organization members make up a veritable “who’s who” of the Internet industry. It provides leadership in technical and operational standards, policy issues, and education. Internet Society hosts two annual Internet conferences, trains people from all over the world in networking technologies, conducts workshops for educators, and publishes an award-winning magazine, OnTheInternet.

Internet Society provides an international forum to address the most important economic, political, social, ethical and legal initiatives influencing the evolution of the Internet. This includes facilitating discussions on key policy decisions such as taxation, copyright protection, privacy and confidentiality, and initiatives towards self-governance of the Internet. Internet Society created the Internet Societal Task Force as an on-going forum for discussion, debate, and development of position papers, white papers, and statements on Internet related societal issues.

Internet Society is the organizational home of the International Engineering Task Force, the Internet Architecture Board, the Internet Engineering Steering Group, and the Internet Research Task Force – the standards setting and research arms of the Internet community. These organizations operate in an environment of bottom-up consensus building made possible through the participation of thousands of people from throughout the world.

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