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Jon Postel

Jonathan Bruce Postel (August 6, 1943 - October 16, 1998) made many significant contributions to Internet standards. He was the creator of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) and author of many RFC documents from the IETF, including RFC 0825 and RFC 2223. Jon was also, from its inception to his death, IANA.

He gained a Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in 1974. He was a member of the ACM and The Internet Society. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society.

His contributions to building the Internet were regarded by his peers as being so great that an RFC was written in his memory (see External link below). This is no trivial thing given that between 1969 and February 2002, only 3,240 RFCs have been published.

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