Talk:Paul Baran

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mercury news article[edit]

cut/paste from this article:

Cassidy: Internet pioneer Paul Baran gets richly deserved honor

By Mike Cassidy Mercury News Article Launched: 09/25/2008 01:00:00 PM PDT <http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_10548833?nclick_check=1>

This is a column to brag about Paul Baran, because Lord knows he's not going to do it himself.

The guy is a brilliant innovator and a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. He's on his way to the White House to be honored Monday for giving us some of the key building blocks of the Internet.

And what does Baran think about it all? What will it be like to have the president of the United States present him with a National Medal of Technology and Innovation? "Beats the hell out of me, Baran says. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Edward Vielmetti (talkcontribs) 04:38, 30 September 2008 (UTC)


Can't ask him now, he died last night. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gonzopancho (talkcontribs) 23:54, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Lead section[edit]

Yes, we know about his death, the article has been updated. My problem is with the lead section. It should give context, and summarize the article. Right now it mentions Davies three times with two links. That seems undue weight. The role of contemporaries should indeed be spelled out in the body. Are there sources saying that the three were listed as "co-inventors" on any patents? That might be confused with people working on different aspects of the same field at about the same time. By Baran's notability is not because of association with Davies nor Kleinrock. W Nowicki (talk) 20:16, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

I've cleaned it up a little. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 20:32, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the quick work. I do think they should be mentioned in the body; I will work on that a bit now. W Nowicki (talk) 20:40, 29 March 2011 (UTC)

I still think that the fact that he was born on April 19 is not a major reason for his notability, especially since the source says it was on the 29th. But evidently I was quietly over-ruled on this? Instead I would say the longevity of his contributions was quite notable. Doing the research I was impressed by how he came back with new innovations after several boom-bust cycles put his previous ventures out of business. Most people do one if they are luck and then retire. Disclosure: I never met him, but have a PhD and 30 years experience in the field. W Nowicki (talk) 22:26, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

Be bold and re-add if you wish and noone comments here. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 23:04, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

death date[edit]

new york times article says saturday = march 23 --70.162.171.210 (talk) 13:28, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

Check your calendar, Saturday was march 26. -- Eraserhead1 <talk> 18:22, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
sorry, made reverts to all locations i changed in error--70.162.171.210 (talk) 02:21, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

Invented Packet Switching?[edit]

Packet Switching was invented by Donald Davies .Twobells (talk) 17:44, 25 July 2012 (UTC)

The article says that Baran "invented packet switching techniques", not that he "invented packet switching". And the Davies article says he was one of the inventors of packet switching, so there is some room for other inventors. Jeff Ogden (W163) (talk) 23:33, 25 July 2012 (UTC)