November 13, 2006 — Information Sciences Institute Fellow Bob Braden and his longtime colleague, Joyce K. Reynolds are this year's recipients of the Internet
Society's prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award, the society announced November 12.
The award was presented "for their stewardship of the RFC (Request for Comments) series that enabled countless others to contribute to the development of the Internet". The presentation was made by Internet pioneer Steve Crocker (a member of this year's Postel award committee and author of the very first RFC) during the 67th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in San Diego.
The award is named after Dr. Jonathan B. Postel to commemorate his extraordinary stewardship exercised over the course of a 30-year career in networking. Working at ISI between 1971 and 1998, Postel managed, nurtured and transformed the RFC series of notes created by Steve Crocker in 1969. Postel was a founding member of the Internet Architecture Board and the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also
served as a trustee.
"It is a pleasure and an honor for the Internet Society to recognize the contribution of Bob and Joyce to the evolution of the Internet," said Crocker. "Since its humble beginnings, the RFC series has developed into a set of documents widely acknowledged and respected as a cornerstone of the Internet standards process. Bob and Joyce have participated in this evolution for a very long time and have been primarily responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of the RFCs since Jon's death in 1998."
Joyce K. Reynolds worked closely with Postel, and together with Bob Braden she was co-leader of the RFC Editor function at ISI from 1998 until her recent departure this year. In this role she performed the final quality control function on most RFC publications. Reynolds has also been a member of the IETF since 1988, and she organized and led the User Services area of the IETF from 1988 to 1998. In her User Services role, she was an international keynote speaker and panelist in over 90 conferences around the world, spreading the word on the Internet.
Bob Braden, who has more than 50 years of experience in the computing field, joined the networking research group at ISI in 1986. Since then, he has been supported by NSF for research concerning NSFnet and the DETER security testbed, and by DARPA for protocol
research. Braden came to ISI from UCLA, where he had technical responsibility for attaching the first supercomputer (IBM 360/91) to the ARPAnet, beginning in 1970. Braden was active in the ARPAnet Network Working Group, contributing to the design of
the FTP protocol. He also edited the Host Requirements RFCs and co-chaired the RSVP working group.
In 2001, Braden was named an ISI Fellow, ISI's highest internal honor, a distinction given to Insitute researchers who have achieved a high level of external distinction through notable contributions to science and/or technology.
Previous recipients of the Postel Award include Postel himself (posthumously and accepted by his mother), Scott Bradner, Daniel Karrenberg, Stephen Wolff, Peter Kirstein, Phill Gross and Jun Murai. The award consists of an engraved crystal globe and a $20,000 cash award.
Also see: RFC 2555 - 30 Years of RFCs, published in April 1999.
The Internet Society
is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education, and policy. With offices in Washington, DC, and Geneva, Switzerland, it is dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world. ISOC is the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other Internet-related bodies who together play a critical role in ensuring that the Internet develops in a stable and open manner. For over 14 years ISOC has run international network training programs for developing countries and these have played a vital role in setting up the Internet connections and networks in virtually every country connecting to the Internet during this time.