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Techspiration - Norman Abramson

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Known as the father of modern wireless networks, Norman Abramson, and his team, were responsible for creating ALOHAnet, an early wireless network whose innovative techniques are still being used today.

A professor, pioneer and engineer, Norman Abramson, paved the way for the development of early wireless technology, which is why he is our latest #Techspiration.

Norman Abramson

Background

What makes him great?

Abramson’s design of the ALOHAnet was the precursor to the technology we now use today with our smartphones and home Wi-Fi networks. Without his genius we wouldn’t be where we are today. The generosity of his work, allowing it to be used freely without patenting shows a great deal of his character. His work became the foundation of modern wireless communication, as well as inspiring the development of the Ethernet-based communication.

Why he’s a ‘techspiration’ to Claritas

Norman Abramson is a great inspiration for us because of his sheer intellect in the world of communications. Without ALOHAnet we wouldn’t have come so far in terms of modern internet and communication devices. He was a teacher, someone that wanted to share his knowledge with the world to make it a better place.

Our favourite quote

We had done no patenting, and ALOHA was published in scientific papers, and that was fine with me. I was too busy surfing to worry about that sort of thing.