On June 7, 1924 was born Donald Watts Davies. He was a Welsh computer scientist who was employed at the UK National Physical Laboratory (NPL). In 1965 he conceived of packet switching, which is today the dominant basis for data communications in computer networks worldwide. Davies proposed a national network in the United Kingdom and designed and built the local-area NPL network to demonstrate the technology. Many of the wide-area packet-switched networks built in the 1970s were similar “in nearly all respects” to his original 1965 design. The ARPANET project credited Davies for his influence, which was key to the development of the Internet.
On June 8, 1955 was born Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee. He is an English engineer and computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee proposed an information management system on 12 March 1989, then implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the internet in mid-November. Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which oversees the continued development of the Web. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and is a senior researcher and holder of the 3Com founders chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.
On June 10, 1924 was born Friedrich L. Bauer. His early work involved the construction of computing machinery (e.g. the logical relay computer STANISLAUS from 1951-1955). In this context, he was the first to propose the widely used stack method of expression evaluation. Bauer also worked in the committees that developed the imperative computer programming languages ALGOL 58 and its successor ALGOL 60, important predecessors to all modern imperative programming languages. In 1968, Bauer coined the term Software Engineering which has been in widespread use since.
On June 12, 1958 was born Blake Aaron Ross. He is an American software engineer who is best known for his work as the co-creator of the Mozilla Firefox internet browser with Dave Hyatt. In 2005, he was nominated for Wired magazine’s top Rave Award, Renegade of the Year, opposite Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Jon Stewart. From 2007, he worked for Facebook as Director of Product until resigning in early 2013. In 2015, he wrote a fan fiction original screenplay for the HBO television comedy series Silicon Valley, which gained attention.
On June 13, 1934 was born Leonard Kleinrock. He is an American computer scientist and professor at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions to the field of computer science, in particular to the theoretical foundations of data transmission in computer networking. He played an influential role in the development of the ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, at UCLA.