In Memory of Jon Postel

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Jon Postel

1943 - 1998

Jon Postel passed away on October 16, 1998.  Jon was the director of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA -- and one of the Founding Fathers of the Internet.  Jon had a great deal of influence over how the Internet works and how it was designed.  He will be sorely missed for his leadership and wisdom.  The Internet Society (ISOC) has prepared a tribute page located at To read a fascinating IDG.NET article about Jon Postel and the roles he played in developing and administering the Internet, click here.

The notification letter sent out to Internet Society (ISOC) members follows:

Dear Internauts,

It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you that our beloved IANA, Jonathan B. Postel, passed away last Friday, October 16th, while recovering from heart surgery at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Internaut Danny Cohen was with him and told me that his death was sudden but surely painless. Jon was the first individual member of the Internet Society and surely one to whom a great debt of gratitude is owed.

Many things are in the planning stages to remember and honor Jon, you will find some of them at the ISOC home page:

We've lost our North Star, but our compasses will still work if we remember Jon's wisdom and guidance. He's gone on ahead of us, but I look forward to seeing him again, someday.

Vint Cerf
Internet Society

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Dr. Vint Cerf
Chairman of the Internet Society
Sr. VP of Technology at MCI
and Co-Inventor of TCP/IP


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