Leonard Kleinrock, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the winner of the 2014 SIGMOBILE Outstanding Contribution Award "for pioneering contributions to the first multi-hop packet switched radio network which formed the foundation for modern wireless networks." The award will be presented in at the Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking, being held in Maui in September.
A member of UCLA's faculty since 1963, Kleinrock developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT in 1960-1962. The birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory when his host computer became the first node of the Internet in September, 1969. It was from there that he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet, on October 29, 1969.
Kleinrock has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects, including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, gigabit networks, nomadic computing, intelligent software agents, performance evaluation, and peer-to-peer networks. He was the first president and co-founder of Linkabit Corporation, the co-founder of Nomadix, Inc., and founder and chairman of TTI/Vanguard, an advanced technology forum organization.