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Brian Carpenter (Internet engineer)

Brian Edward Carpenter (born 22 May 1946) is a British Internet engineer, and past chair of the IETF.

Early life and education

Carpenter was born in Leicester, England. He was educated at Wyggeston Boys' School, Leicester, Downing College, Cambridge (M.A.) and The University of Manchester (M.Sc., Ph.D).

Professional career

He spent 10 years writing software for process control systems at CERN, which was interrupted by three years teaching undergraduate computer science at Massey University in New Zealand.

He led the networking group at CERN, from 1985 to 1996. He worked alongside Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau, who invented the World Wide Web, while at CERN. [1] [2]

When he left CERN, he joined IBM, where he was an IBM Distinguished Engineer working on Internet Standards and Technology. From 1999 to 2001 he was at iCAIR, the international Center for Advanced Internet Research, sponsored by IBM at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Upon leaving iCAIR, he was based in Switzerland, first Zurich, then Geneva.

In September 2007, he left IBM for academia, teaching data communication at The University of Auckland[3] from 2007 until his retirement in 2012.[4] After his retirement, he spend a year as a visiting professor at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, UK. Since then he has been an honorary academic at The University of Auckland and a consultant for Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd..

He published a professional memoir in 2013.[5]

IETF career

He has worked on IPv6 and on Differentiated Services, being chair of the DiffServ working group. He served from March 1994 to March 2002 on the Internet Architecture Board, which he chaired for five years. He also served as a Trustee of the Internet Society, and was Chairman of its Board of Trustees for two years until June 2002. In March 2005 he became IETF Chair, a position he held until March 2007.

References

  1. ^ Gilles, James; Cailliau, Robert (2000). How the Web was Born. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192862073. 
  2. ^ Palmer, Sean B.; Berners-Lee, Tim (February–March 2001). "Enquire Manual - In HyperText". Retrieved 30 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Official bio page at the University of Auckland". Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  4. ^ Carpenter, Brian. "Brian Carpenter's home page". University of Auckland. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Carpenter, Brian E. Network Geeks: How they Built the Internet. London: Springer. ISBN 9781447150244. 

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Preceded by
Harald Tveit Alvestrand
IETF Chair
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Russ Housley