Donald Davies

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Donald DaviesName: Donald Watts Davies

Born: June 7, 1924, in Treorchy, Wales

Death: May 28, 2000 (Age: 76)

Computer-related contributions

  • Welsh computer scientist known as one of the inventors of packet switching computer networking, and originator of the term.
  • He developed the Pilot ACE computer, which first worked in May 1950. A commercial spin-off, DEUCE was manufactured by English Electric Computers and became one of the best-selling machines of the 1950s.

Significant publications

  • Communication Networks for Computers.
  • Computer Networks and Their Protocols.
  • Security for Computer Networks.

Honors and awards

  • Appointed a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society (1975).
  • Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society (2012).