Paul Mockapetris

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Paul Mockapetris

Name: Paul V. Mockapetris

Born: November 18, 1948, in Boston Massachusetts, USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American Internet pioneer and computer scientist.
  • Created the Internet DNS (Domain Name System) with Jon Postel.
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE.
  • Former program manager for networking at the ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Significant publications

  • Domain Name System (Internet Technology) (1994).
  • Development of the Domain Name System (1988).
  • Handbook of Computer Communication Standards: Department of Defense Protocol Standards (1988).
  • A perspective on name system design (1985).
  • Experience with the distributed computer system (DCS) (1978).
  • Design of network access arrangements (1976).

Honors and awards

  • Honoris Causa (honorary degree) by Miguel Hernández University (UMH, Alicante, Spain) (2013).
  • Inducted by the Internet Society into the Internet Hall of Fame as an "innovator" (2012).
  • ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award for co-authoring paper "Development of the Domain Name System" (2006).
  • ACM SIGCOMM Award for lifetime contribution (2005).
  • IEEE Internet Award for his contributions to DNS (2003).
  • John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Award "Personal Achievement - Network Engineering" for DNS design and implementation (1997).
  • Chair of the Research Working Group of the U.S. Federal Networking Council.
  • Chair of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) (1994 to 1996).


"A friend of mine said I was smart enough to invent the DNS, but not smart enough to own it."

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