Inventors are inspirational. Radia Perlman is an inventor, software designer, and network engineer. She made fundamental contributions to the infrastructure of the Internet. She holds more then 100 patents. She is best known for inventing the spanning-tree protocol. This is fundamental to the operation of network bridges.
Radia Perlman was born on January 1, 1951 in Portsmith, Virginia. Her parents were both engineers who worked for the United States government. She grew up near Asbury Park, New Jersey. She played the piano, French horn, and excelled in school. During high school, a teacher took her and a group of students to a programming class at Stevens Institute of Technology. After high school, she attended MIT and really learned how to program. She worked worked as a programmer on a project with a Teacher Assistant. In 1971, she got a job as a programmer at the MIT AI lab. By 1988, she received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT.
While in grad school, she left for a time to work at BNN Technologies. She, also, went to work for Digital Equipment Corporation in 1980. She invented the Spanning Tree Protocol while working for Digital Equipment Corporation. Large computer networks were created. Radia has written a textbook on networking and coauthored one on network security. She moved on to work at EMC Corporation. She has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame and received a number of other honors and awards.
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