Born Apr 29 1926 - Died Mar 26 2011
Packetized Ensemble Modem
Patent #: 4,438,511
Paul Baran developed a fundamental concept behind today's advanced communications networking systems: digital packet switching.
Baran was born in Grodno, Poland and came to the U.S. at the age of two. In 1949, he earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Drexel University and his M.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1959. Following his graduation from UCLA, Baran was at the RAND Corporation where he designed his communication network to survive a first strike from the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Baran holds 31 patents for his work on several new communications technologies in part based upon the concept of packets. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation.