Oral history interview with Robert E. Kahn

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Oral history interview with Robert E. Kahn

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Charles Babbage Institute


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The interview focuses on Kahn's role in the development of computer networking from 1967 through the early 1980s. Beginning with his work at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Kahn discusses his involvement as the ARPANET proposal was being written, his decision to become active in the implementation of the network, and his role in the public demonstration of the ARPANET. The interview continues into Kahn's involvement with networking when he moves to IPTO in 1972, where he was responsible for the administrative and technical evolution of the ARPANET, including programs in packet radio, the development of a new network protocol (TCP/IP), and the switch to TCP/IP to connect multiple networks. This interview was recorded as part of a research project on the influence of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on the development of computer science in the United States.


Transcript, 41 pp.

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Robert E. Kahn, OH 192. Oral history interview by Judy E. O'Neill, 24 April 1990, Reston, Virginia. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. http://purl.umn.edu/107387

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Kahn, Robert E.. (1990). Oral history interview with Robert E. Kahn. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/107387.

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