Robert Metcalfe

Robert Metcalfe
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Robert Metcalfe wearing the US National Medal of Technology (2003)
Born (1946-04-07) April 7, 1946 (age 72)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Alma materMIT - B.S. Electrical Engineering, B.S. Industrial Management, 1969
Harvard University - M.S. Applied Mathematics, 1970; Ph.D. Computer Science, 1973
Known forCo-invention of Ethernet
Local area network
Scientific career
FieldsComputer networking
Computer science
InstitutionsMIT, Xerox PARC, 3Com, The University of Texas at Austin.
ThesisPacket Communication (1973)
Doctoral advisorJeffrey P. Buzen

Robert Melancton Metcalfe (born April 7, 1946[2]) is an electrical engineer from the United States who co-invented Ethernet, founded 3Com and formulated Metcalfe's law.As of January 2006, he is a general partner of Polaris Venture Partners. Starting in January 2011, he holds the position of professor of electrical engineering and director of innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.[3]

Metcalfe has received various awards, including the IEEE Medal of Honor and National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his work developing Ethernet technology.

In addition to his accomplishments, Metcalfe is also known for incorrectly predicting the demise of the Internet, wireless networks, and open-source software during the 1990s.

Early life

Robert Metcalfe was born in 1946 in Brooklyn, New York. His father was a testing technician, who specialized in gyroscopes. His mother was a homemaker but later became the secretary of Bay Shore High School. In 1964, Metcalfe graduated from Bay Shore High School to join the MIT Class of 1968. He finally graduated from MIT in 1969 with two S.B. degrees, one in electrical engineering and the other in industrial management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He then went to Harvard for graduate school, earning his M.S. in applied mathematics in 1970 and his PhD in computer science (applied mathematics) in 1973.

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