The Real Father of the Internet

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Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1478
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1478

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Hundreds of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) managers have tried to put their stamp on an emerging field. But one towers above the rest: Joseph C. R. Licklider, the psychologist and computer scientist who in the 1960s launched what became the Internet. "Lick," as he was known, epitomized the mix of playful imagination and down-to-earth management skills that current DARPA funders strive to emulate.