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Bob Taylor, who helped bring us the internet and so much more, has died

Visionary computer scientist Robert Taylor died last Friday at his home in Woodside, Calif. I apologize for the late notice, but I only came across John Markoff’s definitive obit in the New York Times today. In the 1960s, at the Pentagon, Taylor came up with the idea that became a computer network called ARPANET and, … Continue reading “Bob Taylor, who helped bring us the internet and so much more, has died”

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Visionary computer scientist Robert Taylor died last Friday at his home in Woodside, Calif. I apologize for the late notice, but I only came across John Markoff’s definitive obit in the New York Times today.

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In the 1960s, at the Pentagon, Taylor came up with the idea that became a computer network called ARPANET and, much later, the internet. In the 1970s, he ran Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), the lab whose ideas the rest of the tech industry has been riffing on ever since. Go read Markoff’s piece, and pause to thank Taylor for the profound impact he quietly had on our world.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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