May 22, 1973: Ethernet is Proposed
1973 – Robert Metcalfe writes a thirteen-page memo describing a new type of data transmission method. His memo was entitled “Ether Acquisition”, which would connect Hawaii’s ALOHA Network.
Alto Ethernet was born on paper, but didn’t see operation until November 11, 1973 when it was implemented.
Metcalfe was awarded the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1996 for his work on inventing Ethernet. He was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007.
Full Day in Tech History podcast show notes for May 22
- Robert Metcalfe describes a new device called the Laser Printer
- Adobe ships Illustrator 7.0
- Apple splits Newton into it’s own division
- SpaceX Launched and docks with Space Station