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Ethernet pioneer to join US Inventors Hall of Fame

test 13 March 2007

US: The 2007 induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame is to include several individuals who have had a significant impact on pro-audio. Among them is Robert Metcalfe, credited with the invention, standardisation and commercialisation of Ethernet, reports David Davies.

Initially developed as a way to link the computers at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Centre, Ethernet has since gone on to become the world’s most widely used local area network, with over a quarter of a billion new switch ports shipped each year. Metcalfe, who left Xerox in 1979, subsequently worked on LAN equipment with Ethernet technology at his own 3Com Corporation, and now works with Polaris Venture Partners.

“Every year the selection committee looks for people whose inventions have had a significant and positive impact on our lives,” Hall of Fame spokesperson Rini Paiva tells PSN-e . “Ethernet is in, in many ways, ubiquitous now. It’s a really good example of how widespread a lot of these inventions are.”

Also joining the Hall of Fame – albeit in a posthumous fashion – will be Peter Goldmark, who invented the LP in 1948 by slowing the record from 78 revolutions per minute to 33 1/3 rpm. An engineer for CBS Laboratories, Goldmark made a number of other important innovations in a long and distinguished career. Meanwhile, William Goddard and John Lynott – both of whom passed away in the 1990s – will be honoured for their pioneering of magnetic disk storage at IBM.

The 2007 induction ceremonies will take place in Akron, Ohio, on 4th/5th May.

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