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Radia Perlman is a software designer and network engineer sometimes referred to as the 'Mother of the Internet'. She is most famous for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges. She also made large contributions to many other areas of network design and standardization such as link-state protocols. She obtained a Bachelor's, Master's in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT. Her doctoral thesis at MIT addressed the issue of routing in the presence of malicious network failures and forms the basis for most of the work in this field.
- SVIPLA (Silicon Valley Inventor of the year) - (Apr 28, 2004)
- Honorary Doctorate, KTH - (Jun 28, 2000)
- Again, named as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry in the 25th anniversary issue of Data Communications magazine. (Only person to be named in both issues.) - (Jan 15, 1997)
- Named as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry in the 20th anniversary issue of Data Communications magazine. - (Jan 15, 1992)