J. C. R. Licklider (1915 – 1990)


Licklider (or Lick) was a computer scientist who in 1962 envisioned the “Intergalactic Computer Network”, and was responsible for enabling the development of ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) in 1969.

His idea was for everyone on the globe to be interconnected and accessing programs and data at any site, from anywhere. Much like Vannevar Bush‘s, Licklider’s contribution to the development of the Internet consists of ideas, not inventions. He envisioned almost everything that the Internet is today, including cloud computing.

Fun facts:

  • established telecommunications players, AT&T, IBM, … had no interest at all in an interconnected computing environment at the time.

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