David D. Clark

For other notable people of the same name, see David Clark (disambiguation).
David Dana Clark
Born (1944-04-07) April 7, 1944
Nationality American
Fields Computer Science
Institutions Internet Architecture Board
National Research Council
Thesis An input/output architecture for virtual memory computer systems (1973)
Doctoral advisor Jerome H. Saltzer
Doctoral students
Known for Clark-Wilson model
Notable awards SIGCOMM Award
Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology
IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal (1998)

David Dana "Dave" Clark (born April 7, 1944) is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer who has been involved with Internet developments since the mid-1970s. He currently works as a Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).[1]


He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1966. In 1968, he received his Master's and Engineer's degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, where he worked on the I/O architecture of Multics under Jerry Saltzer. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1973.


From 1981 to 1989, he acted as chief protocol architect in the development of the Internet, and chaired the Internet Activities Board, which later became the Internet Architecture Board. He has also served as chairman of the Computer Sciences and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council.

In 1990 he was awarded the SIGCOMM Award in recognition of his major contributions to Internet protocol and architecture. Clark received in 1998 the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal.[2] In 2001 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery. In 2001, he was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in Telluride, Colorado, and in 2011 the Internet & Society Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute at the Oxford University.

His recent research interests include what the architecture of the Internet will look like in the post-PC era as well as "extensions to the Internet to support real-time traffic, explicit allocation of service, pricing and related economic issues, and policy issues surrounding local loop employment".[1]

Selected publications


  1. 1 2 "David Clark". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
  2. "IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved May 29, 2011.

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