Engineer Andrew Wilson’s invention of the internet revolution, which led to the creation of the world wide web, is to be honoured with an Australian Engineering Medal.
The award, to be presented at a ceremony on Friday, is for his invention of a universal data exchange mechanism for the internet, which Wilson invented at a time when computers were still in their infancy.
The Victorian-born engineer has been recognised for his contributions to the advancement of the field, which has seen advances in communications technology, communication networks, communication protocols and software.
“This award recognises Andrew’s outstanding contribution to the development of the global telecommunications infrastructure,” the Victorian Government said in a statement.
“He was instrumental in bringing about the world-wide internet and in the creation and implementation of the first internet protocols in the early 1980s.”
“The award recognizes Andrew’s innovative contribution to advancing the field of computing,” the statement continued.
“His work was instrumental to the launch of the computer in the 1980s, and helped the web to evolve from a primitive internet to a widely used and widely-used one.”
Wilson, who died in December at the age of 84, invented the first universal data transfer mechanism for computers in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He said the idea was to have computers exchange information between computers using a protocol called the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
“It was originally intended for a telephone network, but I was a bit surprised to see it work with the internet,” he said in an interview with The New York Times.
“The internet was born when I was trying to do the HyperText Transfer Protocol with a floppy disk, so it was the first one.
The internet was just one of those things that I wanted to do.”
Wilson worked at IBM, which he left in 1995.
The university and his former employer IBM have not responded to requests for comment.
The internet is widely regarded as one of the great achievements of the 20th century.
It has given birth to the web, mobile phones and social media, and led to a vast array of other technologies, including software, computers and other electronic devices.
It is currently used by over 200 countries and territories, with about 200 million users worldwide.
Wilson said he hoped to see his invention recognised in Australia.
“There is a history of this,” he told the Times.
“The Australian government should honour it.”
Topics:engineering,technology,science-and-technology,health,united-statesFirst posted March 18, 2019 09:45:32Contact Julie Murphy