Lou Montulli

Updated: 11/04/2017 by Computer Hope
Lou Montulli

Name: Lou Montulli

Born: c.1971

Computer-related contributions

  • Programmer known for his work in producing web browsers. In 1991 and 1992 he co-authored a text web browser called Lynx with Michael Grobe and Charles Rezac while he was at the University of Kansas. This web browser was one of the first available and is still in use today.
  • In 1994 he became a founding engineer of Netscape Communications and programmed the networking code for the first versions of the Netscape web browser.
  • Help create HTTP cookies, the blink tag, server push and client pull, HTTP proxying, and encouraging the implementation of animated GIFs into the browser.
  • While working on the Netscape browser, Lou built the Fishcam, one of the earliest live image websites, famously built into early versions of the Netscape browser as the Fishcam Easter egg. The company Netscape hosted this fishcam until long after they were no longer Netscape. After a short hiatus, in 2009 it found a new host; still one of the longest (nearly) continuously running live websites.

Honors and awards

  • Named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35 (2002).
  • Inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame (1994).