|Born||20 April 1931
|Alma mater||École Polytechnique|
|Occupation||computer scientist, engineer|
|Awards||Knight of the Legion of Honour , Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, IEEE Internet Award|
He studied at the École Polytechnique from 1950 to 1952.
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.
From 1967 to 1969 Pouzin developed one operating system for Météo-France, the French national meteorological service, using ControlData6400 as hardware. This system was created for weather forecast and statiscs and was used for 15 years.
In 2002 Pouzin -along with Jean-Louis Grangé, Jean-Pierre Henninot and Jean-François Morfin- participated in the creation of Eurolinc, which is a non-profit association that promotes multilingualism in domain names. In june 2003, Eurolinc was accredited by UNO to participate at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
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.
- "Postel and Pouzin: 1997 SIGCOMM Award Winners", ACM SIGCOMM web site
- "A Technical History of CYCLADES", Technical Histories of the Internet & other Network Protocols (THINK), University of Texas, 11 June 2002
- "The Origin of the Shell", Multicians, accessed 31 March 2012
- Grangé, J. L. (2012). Oral history interview with Jean-Louis Grangé by Andrew L. Russell.
- Savoir-faire biographies - http://www.open-root.eu/decouvrir-open-root/biographies/
- 2012 Inductees, Internet Hall of Fame website. Last accessed April 24, 2012
- "2013 Winners Announced" Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering