Ethernet co-inventor David Boggs dies

Ethernet co-inventor David Boggs dies at 71

Pioneering Xerox PARC computer researcher David Boggs has died at 71, The New York Times has reported.

Boggs was best known for co-inventing the Ethernet with Bob Metcalfe. 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. ‘Packets’ were the key idea that made data transmission incredibly reliable.

During 1973 they built several Ethernet interfaces for the Xerox Alto pioneering personal computer. On March 31, 1975, Xerox filed a patent application listing Metcalfe, Boggs, Chuck Thacker and Butler Lampson as inventors. In 1976, after 18 months in the writing, they published “Ethernet: Distributed Packet Switching for Local Computer Networks,” Ethernet’s seminal paper. It was reprinted in a special 25th anniversary issue of the Communications of the ACM. He produced a slide for a talk at the June 1976 National Computer Conference from a Metcalfe sketch of Ethernet terminology that was widely reproduced. The original prototype circuit is now in the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.

There is reddit AMA of David Boggs at

You can find Bob Metcalfe talking on Ethernet history at The Voices of Ethernet post at

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