- Name: Jon Postel
- Born: 08/06/1943
- Died: 10/16/1998 (55 years old)
- Known for: Request for Comment, Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, Postel's Law
Jonathan Bruce Postel (//; August 6, 1943 – October 16, 1998) was an American computer scientist who made many significant contributions to the development of the Internet, particularly with respect to standards. He is known principally for being the Editor of the Request for Comment (RFC) document series, for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and for administering the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) until his death. In his lifetime he was known as the “god of the Internet” for his comprehensive influence on the medium.
Birth Place: Altadena, California, U.S.
Death Place: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Jon Postel quotes :
One of the things that is not so good is that a decision was made long ago about the size of an IP address - 32 bits. At the time it was a number much larger than anyone could imagine ever having that many computers but it turned out to be to small.Jon Postel