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 was born on 1st April 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. He died on 1st December 2020 (aged 88)
- Abramson was a highly intelligent man, especially in maths and science. Receiving an A.B in physics at Harvard University in 1953, an M.A in physics from UCLA in 1955 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1958
- His thesis at Stanford was on the area of communication theory
- Abramson joined the Stanford University faculty in 1955 to 1965 and was a visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley until 1966
- He moved to Hawaii in 1968 until 1994 as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research consisted of radar signal characteristics, sampling theory, digital communication channels and more
- Abramson’s first project at the University of Hawaii was to develop radio technology to allow the school to receive and send data to the United States
- In 1971, Abramson and his team developed a wireless communication tool called the ALOHAnet, based on the Hawaiian word ‘aloha’. This became the foundation for modern wireless communication as well as influencing the development of Ethernet-based communication
- In 1994 he retired from being a professor in Hawaii and went on to co-founding Aloha Networks in San Francisco where he served as a CTO.
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.