Ida Holz

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Ida Holz
Ida Holz Bard

(1935-01-30) 30 January 1935 (age 89)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Alma materUniversity of the Republic
Occupation(s)Engineer, computer scientist, professor, researcher
SpouseAnhelo Hernández Ríos
ChildrenArauco, Ayara

Ida Holz Bard (born 30 January 1935) is a Uruguayan engineer, computer scientist, professor, and researcher, known as a pioneer in the field of computing and the Internet.[1]


Coming from a Jewish family of Polish origin, from age 18 to 22 Ida Holz went to Israel, where she was in the army and on a kibbutz.[2]

When she returned to Uruguay, she wanted to study architecture, which she could not do because she worked during the day, and started teaching mathematics at the Instituto de Profesores Artigas [es]. There, her professor of mathematical logic invited her to attend a course offered by the University of the Republic in the computation field.[3]

At the beginning of the 1970s, Holz was part of the first generation of Uruguayan computer science students, trained by the Engineering Faculty [es] of the University of the Republic.[4]

In 1964 she married the artist Anhelo Hernández, dedicated to contemporary painting, and who joined the Torres García Workshop. In 1976 they went into exile in Mexico. During this period, Holz worked in the General Directorate of Economic and Social Policy. Later she worked at that country's National Institute of Statistics. The Mexican government came to offer her the directorship, but she had already decided to return to Uruguay.[5]

In 1986 she competed for the directorship of the Central Information Service of the University of the Republic (SECIU) and was successful.[6] From this position, Ida Holz led the development of the Internet in Uruguay beginning in the early 1990s. Since then, she has played a prominent role in the development and evolution of information and communications technology in Uruguay. Since 2005 she has worked in the directorate of the Agency for Development of Electronic Government and Society of Information and Knowledge [es] (AGESIC). She was also one of the promoters of the Ceibal project.

Holz is recognized for having opposed a conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1991, at which the United States and Europe imposed their authorities at the Latin American level on the nascent global network.[5]

Under her direction, in 1994 SECIU installed the first Internet node in Uruguay.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ida Holz received the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, granted by the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC) to people who have contributed to the permanent development of the Internet.[8]

In 2013 she was the first Latin American personality (male or female) to enter the Internet Society's Hall of Fame, an initiative that honors people who have been important to the development and strengthening of the Internet.[9][10][11]

The Board of Initial and Primary Education [es] awarded her its 2014 Girdle of Honor at public school No. 4 José Artigas, where the engineer completed her primary studies.[12]

The National Postal Administration issued stamps in 2015 of the series "Outstanding Personalities of Uruguay" dedicated to Ida Holz.[13]

In 2017, Holz received a recognition in honor of her career as an Internet pioneer in Uruguay, in the framework of the Ceibal project's tenth anniversary celebration.[14]

One of the so-called "fathers of the Internet", Vint Cerf, when asked if there was a "mother of the Internet", responded:

Yes, there is a mother of the Internet, and her name is Ida Holz.[15]


  1. ^ "La uruguaya Ida Holz ya está en el Salón de la Fama de Internet" [Uruguayan Ida Holz is in the Internet Hall of Fame]. El País (in Spanish). 6 August 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017 – via Uruguay Natural.
  2. ^ de Tomas, Tania (23 May 2013). "Ida Holz: alma tecnológica" [Ida Holz: Technological Soul]. El Observador (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  3. ^ "La primera latinoamerica en el Salón de la Fama de internet" [The First Latin American in the Internet Hall of Fame] (in Spanish). BBC. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  4. ^ "50 mujeres uruguayas influyentes" [50 Influential Uruguayan Women]. El Observador (in Spanish). 8 March 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b Rossello, Renzo (9 September 2013). "Ida Holz y el sueño del hospital virtual" [Ida Holz and the Dream of the Virtual Hospital]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Ida Holz | Internet Hall of Fame". Retrieved 13 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Ida Holz Bard" (in Spanish). Frida. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Resultado 'Premio Trayectoria 2009'" ['2009 Career Award' Result] (in Spanish). LACNIC. 3 August 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Ida Holz en el Salón de la Fama de Internet" [Ida Holz in the Internet Hall of Fame]. Cromo (in Spanish). 26 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Internet Hall of Fame Announces 2013 Inductees!". Internet Society. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Ida Holz, primera latinoamericana nominada para integrar Salón de la Fama de Internet" [Ida Holz, First Latin American Nominated For Induction Into the Internet Hall of Fame] (in Spanish). University of the Republic. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Hizo escuela: Ida Holz recibió la 'moña de honor'" [Ida Holz Receives the 'Girdle of Honor'] (in Spanish). AGESIC. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Correo uruguayo presentó sellos en homenaje a personalidades uruguayas" [Uruguayan Post Presents Stamps in Honor of Uruguayan Personalities] (in Spanish). Montevideo Portal. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Se hace camino al pensar: Ida Holz homenajeada en 10 años de Ceibal" [Way of Thinking: Ida Holz Honored at Ceibal's Tenth Anniversary] (in Spanish). AGESIC. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  15. ^ Molina, Paula (24 December 2015). "El hombre que encendió el fuego" [The Man Who Started the Fire]. Qué Pasa (in Spanish). Retrieved 5 December 2017.