Robert Taylor, a pioneer of Modern Computing and the Internet has passed away at the age of 85. Rob Taylor was instrumental in creating the internet and the modern personal computer. Taylor’s engineering team was also responsible for the development of Ethernet and a word processing program, Microsoft Word.
Taylor worked with Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in 1966 and was instrumental in creating a single computer network to link ARPA-sponsored researchers at companies and institutions. That shared network, ARPANET has evolved into the internet.
Taylor also worked at Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center, or Parc, where he and his team created the Alto, a pioneering personal computer. This technology was the inspiration for Microsoft’s Windows software and the Apple computers. Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1999. He was also awarded the Draper prize from the National Academy of Engineering for the development of “the first practical networked personal computers” in 2004.
National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the highest honour for technological achievement in the United States. It will be granted by the President of United States for the distinguished contributions of new and important technology. The award is given for individuals/group of people/organization.