Beranek and Newman
1969, the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA, sent
out a request for proposals to develops IMPs, or Interface Message Processors,
that would act as connectors to send and receive data between computers at Harvard,
MIT, Stanford, and other institutions around the country.
companies including IBM, Digital, and Raytheon submitted proposals, but the relatively
small consulting firm of Bolt, Beranek and Newman, located at Fresh Pond in Cambridge,
won the contract.
The entrepreneurial attitudes of the BBN scientists
made the company ideal for the ARPANET project. One of the six managers of the
project team was Frank Heart. In the 1950s he had worked on the Whirlwind computer
at MIT's Lincoln Lab. Heart had all kinds of ideas about how computers could be
engineered to assist people, and he was known as a guy who got things done.
teamwork at BBN led to the Internet in 1989. The World Wide Web added graphics
and sound in 1993. Today this research has completely changed how we communicate
in our daily lives.
Where Wizards Stay
Up Late: The Origins of the Internet |
by Katie Hafner