Packet switch pioneer, Paul Baran, dies aged 84

US scientist Paul Baran, whose work in the 1960s helped pave the way for the internet, has died aged 84, the BBC is reporting today.

Baran, is regarded as the father of packet switching. During his time working for Rand Corporation in the US in the early 1960s, Baran wrote a paper, which described how communications could be made resilient using the concept of packet switching. His work led to the development of Arpanet, on which the modern internet is built.

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