Paul Baran – Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

Born on April 29, 1926, Paul Baran was an American inventor, economist, and electrical engineer who, alongside Leonard Kleinrock and Donald Davies, can be credited as the inventors of digital packet switching networks that dominantly formed the basis of the internet.

Early Life

Baran holds several patents and has received numerous professional honors, including the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the Marconi International Fellowship Award, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

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Career: Phase 1

In 1949, Paul Baran was hired immediately by the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company as a technician on the world’s first commercial computer, the Univac.

Career: Phase 2

Paul joined the Raymond Rosen Engineering Products Company in 1950, where he designed the first telemetering equipment for Cape Canaveral.

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Invention 1

Using a mini-computer, Baran and his team developed simulation programs to test the basic connectivity of an array of nodes with varying degrees of linking.

Invention 2

While working at the RAND and his innovation in networking products, Baran also created the first metal detector, used today in all airports and many other security points.

Paul Baran: Awards and Achievements

– Nippon Electronics Corporation C&C Prize – Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science – Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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