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Leonard Kleinrock


Computer Science Department

3732 Boelter Hall (310) 825-2543

UCLA lk@cs.ucla.edu

Los Angeles, CA 90024 www.lk.cs.ucla.edu

Dr. Leonard Kleinrock is known as the Inventor of Internet Technology, having created the basic principles of packet switching—the technology underpinning the Internet—while a graduate student at MIT.  This was a decade before the birth of the Internet, which occurred when his host computer at UCLA became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. He wrote the first paper and published the first book on the subject; he also directed the transmission of the first message ever to pass over the Internet.

Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963 and since then has served as a professor of computer science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his master’s degree from MIT in 1959, and his BSEE degree from CCNY in 1957. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Science from CCNY in 1997 and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. He was the first president and co-founder of Linkabit Corp., and founder/chairman of Nomadix, Inc. and Technology Transfer Institute—both hi-tech firms located in Southern California. He has published more than 220 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks and gigabit networks. Additionally, Dr. Kleinrock has recently launched the field of nomadic computing, the emerging technology to support users as soon as they leave their desktop environments. Nomadic computing is turning out be the next major wave of the Internet.
Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He is an IEEE fellow, ACM fellow, IEC fellow, INFORMS fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the C.C.N.Y. Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the Marconi Award, the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the NAE Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Okawa Prize, the IEEE Internet Millennium Award, the UCLA Outstanding Teacher Award, the Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Sigma Xi Monie Ferst Award, the INFORMS Presidents Award, and the IEEE Harry Goode Award.
Factoids—Dr. Leonard Kleinrock

Born: June 13, 1934, Manhattan

Married: Four children, five grandchildren

Education: Bronx High School of Science 1951

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, CCNY 1957

Masters in Electrical Engineering, MIT 1959

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, MIT 1963


Professor: University of California, Los Angeles, 1963—present

Computer Science Department

Chair: University of California, Los Angeles, 1991—1995

Computer Science Department

Founder/Chairman: Nomadix, Inc., an organization 1995—present

developing software and hardware products

for nomadic computing. Founder/Chair/CEO: Technology Transfer Institute, 1976—present

a Santa Monica-based computer seminar and

conference company.

Chairman: TTI/Vanguard, a membership-based 1998—present

high-tech forum for senior IT executives,

focusing on emerging technologies, and

spearheaded by a prestigious board of thought


Consultant: Clearstone Venture Partners 2001

Founder: Computer Channel Inc. 1988

Founder/First President: Linkabit Corporation 1968 Staff Associate: MIT Lincoln Labs 1957—1963

Engineer: Photobell Company 1991—1957


6 books and over 220 professional papers

The Okawa Prize 2001

National Academy of Science Charles Stark Draper Prize 2001

University of MA at Amherst – Honorary Doctor of Science 2000

CCNY - Honorary Doctor of Science Degree 1997

L.M. Ericsson Prize (the "Nobel Prize" in telecomminications) 1982

presented by the King of Sweden

12th Marconi International Fellowship Award 1986

presented by Prince of Belgium

National Academy of Engineering 1980

elected as one of its youngest members

Guggenheim Fellowship 1971

IEEE Fellow 1973 ACM Fellow 2000 INFORMS Fellow 2002

IEC Fellow 1999

IEEE Internet Award 2000

The INFORMS Presidents Award 1999

IEEE Harry M. Goode Award 1996

ACM SIGMA Xi Monie A. Ferst Award 1996


ORSA Lanchester Outstanding Research Prize 1976

Computer Design Hall of Fame 1982

CCNY Townsend Harris Medal 1982

Communications Society Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper 1975

ICC Prize Paper 1978

UCLA Alumni Association Special Recognition Award 2002 UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer 1995

UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award 1986

UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award 1967

UCLA Outstanding Faculty Member 1966

IBM Science Advisory Committee 1982 to 1988

CCNY Electrical Engineering Award 1956

Sr. Class President, CCNY evening session 1956

Linkabit Corporation 1968

Technology Transfer Institute 1976

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board 1986

of the National Research Council

Computer Channel Inc. 1988

Nomadix 1995

Public Service:

Vice Chair -- Year 2002 Computer Science and Engineering Peer Committee, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Founding member Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council of the NAE

Member, Internet 2 Network Research Liaison Council

Member, Advisory Board of the CCNY Powell Center for Policy Studies

Invited consultant Mayor's Office of the City of Los Angeles

Member Gigabit Testbed Advisory Board

Chair Committee that produced “Realizing the

Information Future, The Internet and Beyond,”

National Research Council

Member Committee that produced “Computing the

Future - A Broader Agenda” for Computer Science & Engineering

Chair Committee that produced “Towards a National Research Network,” National Research Council

Member Alan T. Waterman Award Committee, National Science Foundation

Founding Member Science Council of the Cross Industry

Working Team

Congressional Testimony on “Realizing the Information Future” before the Subcommittee on Technology, Environment, and Aviation, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, May 26, 1994

Congressional Testimony 1988, VIP Project Participant--Telethon for Cerebral Palsy

Hobbies :

Karate (Black Belt), marathon runner, biking, swimming, travel

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