Paul Mockapetris

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Paul MockapetrisName: Paul V. Mockapetris

Born: November 18, 1948 in Boston Massachusetts, USA

Computer related contributions

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


  • 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 Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) (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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