Jonathan Postel

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Jonathan Postel

Name: Jonathan (Jon) Bruce Postel

Born: October 6, 1943

Death: October 16, 1998 (Age: 55)

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer scientist who made many significant contributions to the development of the Internet, particularly with respect to standards.
  • Help create DNS with Paul Mockapetris.
  • He is known principally for being the editor of the RFC (Request for Comments) document series, and for administering the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) until his death.

Honors and awards

  • Internet Society's Postel Award is named in his honor.


"Be conservative in what you send, liberal in what you accept."

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