The Voices of Ethernet

Ethernet has risen to the top of the communications networking industry as a standard that dominates the data center down to the PC. Compatibility between old and new versions of Ethernet is legendary.

The Ethernet Alliance has started an ongoing oral history, The Voices of Ethernet, in the form of video interviews of key players in Ethernet’s history and development. It contains a collection of spoken records with the real people behind Ethernet’s story, sharing engaging personal accounts of pivotal events and major milestones.

“The Voices of Ethernet project tells the story of the technology’s journey from Xerox PARC in 1973 to the foundation technology of the Internet today. We talk to the key figures in this journey and let them tell their own stories.”
Peter Jones, President, Ethernet Alliance

The video series starts with Robert “Father of Ethernet” Metcalfe.

Check also GARY S. ROBINSON Ethernet Standards Pioneer and ROBERT GROW IEEE Fellow & former Chair of IEEE 802.3.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ethernet co-inventor David Boggs dies at 71
    ‘Packets’ were the key idea that made data transmission incredibly reliable.

    Pioneering Xerox PARC computer researcher David Boggs has died at 71, The New York Times has reported. He was best known for co-inventing the Ethernet PC connection standard used to link PCs in close proximity to other computers, printers and the internet — over both wired and wireless connections.

    The Xerox PARC research lab in Palo Alto developed much of the PC tech we tech for granted today like the graphic user interface, mouse and word processor. Boggs joined the team in 1973, and started working with fellow researcher Bob Metcalfe on a system to send information to and from the lab’s computer.


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