15 Facts About Jon Postel


Jonathan Bruce Postel was an American computer scientist who made many significant contributions to the development of the Internet, particularly with respect to standards.


Jon Postel is known principally for being the Editor of the Request for Comment document series, for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, and for administering the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority until his death.


Jon Postel started work at UCLA on 23 December 1969 as a Postgraduate Research Engineer where he was involved in early work on the ARPANET.


Jon Postel was involved in the development of the Internet domain system and, at his instigation, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn developed a second set of protocols for handling data between networks, which is known as Internet protocol suite.


Together with Cerf and Steve Crocker, Jon Postel worked on implementing most of the ARPANET protocols.


Jon Postel worked with ARPANET until 24 August 1973 when he left to join MITRE Corporation.


Jon Postel assisted with Network Information Center which was being set up at SRI by Elizabeth Feinler.

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Jon Postel was the RFC Editor from 1969 until his death, and wrote and edited many important RFCs, including RFC 791, RFC 792 and RFC 793, which define the basic protocols of the Internet protocol suite, and RFC 2223, Instructions to RFC Authors.


Between 1982 and 1984 Jon Postel co-authored the RFCs which became the foundation of today's DNS which were joined in 1995 by RFC 1591 which he co-wrote.


Jon Postel served on the Internet Architecture Board and its predecessors for many years.


Jon Postel was the Director of the names and number assignment clearinghouse, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, from its inception.


Jon Postel was the first member of the Internet Society, and was on its Board of Trustees.


On October 16,1998, Jon Postel died of complications from heart surgery in Los Angeles.


Jon Postel was recovering from a surgery to replace a leaking heart valve.


In 2012, Jon Postel was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.