Paul Mockapetris

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Paul Mockapetris

Paul V. Mockapetris (born 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, US) is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, who, together with Jon Postel, invented the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).


Mockapetris graduated from the prestigious Boston Latin School in 1966, received his bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 and his doctorate in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine in 1982.[1][2]


In 1983, he proposed a Domain Name System architecture in RFC 882 and RFC 883. He had recognized the problem in the early Internet (then ARPAnet) of holding name to address translations in a single table on a single host, and instead proposed a distributed and dynamic DNS database: essentially DNS as it exists today.[1][2]


Mockapetris is a member of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. He:[1][2]


Requests for Comments (RFCs)


  1. 1 2 3 "ISI Names Dr. Paul Mockapetris Visiting Scholar", Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 27 March 2003
  2. 1 2 3 "Paul Mockapetris", Biology Daily, 19 August 2006
  3. "Personal Achievement – Network Engineering: Paul Mockapetris for DNS Design and Implementation", John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Awards, 1997
  4. "Alumni association to present Lauds & Laurels", UCINews, April 2002
  5. "IEEE Internet Award Recipients", Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, accessed 20 September 2012
  6. "SIGCOMM Award Recipients". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  7. "SIGCOMM Test of Time". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. "2012 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees", Internet Hall of Fame, Internet Society. Accessed April 24, 2012
  9. "Paul Mockapetris invested Honoris Causa (Spanish)", UMH communications. Accessed February 7, 2013

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Preceded by
Phil Gross
IETF Chair
Succeeded by
Fred Baker
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