Jonathon Bruce Postel

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Jonathon Bruce Postel

Internet Administrator Jonathan Bruce Postel (6 August 1943 - 16 October 1998) made many significant contributions to the development of the Internet, particularly in the area of standards. He is principally known for being the Editor of the Request for Comment (RFC) document series, and for serving as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority until his death. The Internet Society's Postel Award is named in his honor, as is the Postel Center at Information Sciences Institute. Postel attended UCLA, where he earned both his B.S. (1966) and M.S. (1968) in engineering, and a Ph.D. in computer science in 1974.

While at UCLA, he was involved in early work on the ARPANET; he later moved to the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California, where he spent the rest of his career.


Died of heart problems in Los Angeles on October 16, 1998.