He studied at the École Polytechnique.
Having participated in the design of the Compatible Time Sharing System (CTSS), Pouzin wrote a program called RUNCOM around 1963/64. RUNCOM permitted the execution of contained commands within a folder, and can be considered the ancestor of the command-line interface and shell scripts. Pouzin was, in fact, the one who coined the term shell for a command language in 1964 or '65. Pouzin's concepts were later implemented in Multics by Glenda Schroeder at MIT.
1997 - Pouzin received the ACM SIGCOMM Award for "pioneering work on connectionless packet communication".
2003 - Louis Pouzin was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government on March 19, 2003.
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- "Postel and Pouzin: 1997 SIGCOMM Award Winners", ACM SIGCOMM web site
- "The Origin of the Shell", Multicians, accessed 31 March 2012
- 2012 Inductees, Internet Hall of Fame website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
- "2013 Winners Announced" Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
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