Bob Taylor: Internet Visionary

Conversations with Bob Taylor


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Many people consider Bob Taylor the real father of the Internet and the greatest director of research and development the country has ever seen. An Internet pioneer since 1967, his vision created a computing and communications revolution. Mr. Taylor earned his master’s degree at The University of Texas at Austin in 1964.

Founder to Future. Be part of the conversation.

Join us as John Markoff, technology writer for The New York Times talks with Taylor about computing, the Internet and its impact on communications and our society.

Bob Taylor was the first project manager and person most responsible for the creation of the first national network - the ARPAnet - which is universally regarded as the precursor to today's Internet. September 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the ARPAnet and the first byte exchange.

In 1968 Bob Taylor co-wrote the paper “Computers as a Communication Device,” with J.C.R. Licklider, where he predicted many of the current uses of personal computers as well as social networking. There is an unbroken continuum between this paper and today's use of personal computers and the global Internet. This paper is considered one of the most influential intellectual breakthroughs of the 20th century.

Taylor went on to lead Xerox PARC, where computing as we know it today was invented. For his work, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1999.

What else does Bob Taylor see in the future of the Internet? What other uses are we heading towards that we may never have imagined, and where will they lead us as a society? If Bob Taylor began his career today, where would he take us?

Mr. Taylor earned his master's degree in Experimental Psychology in 1964, with minors in math, philosophy, English and religion at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Presented by the 1910 Society Lecture Series


The event will feature a live interview of Taylor by John Markoff, technology reporter for The New York Times. Also included will be presentations by Michael A. Hiltzik, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, and M. Mitchell Waldrop, author of The Dream Machine, a book about the history of computing.

J Strother Moore, Professor with the Department of Computer Science at UT Austin and Gary Chapman, Senior Lecturer with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and associate director of the UT Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute will act as masters of ceremony for the event.

The 1910 Lecture Series kicks off the Graduate School’s 100-year celebration and is co-sponsored by the Dell Distinguished Lecture Series and The University of Texas Department of Computer Science.

When & Where

September 17, 2009 | 5 to 7 p.m.

LBJ Auditorium | 2313 Red River


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