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Professor Leonard Kleinrock, Internet pioneer and distinguished CS professor, appeared on KTLA Morning News on January 29 to discuss the birth of the Internet at UCLA and its 50 year anniversary. Kleinrock also discussed the original purpose of the Internet and gave his thoughts on its current iteration, explaining how the Internet has both confirmed and countered his predictions.

As a MIT Graduate student in the early 1960s, Kleinrock was responsible for the mathematical theory of packet switching networks, which is the underlying technology behind the Internet. The birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory (3420 Boelter Hall) when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969. It was from there that Kleinrock directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet on October 29, 1969.

Professor Kleinrock’s appearance can be viewed in its entirety here: