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The Inventions of Louis Pouzin

One of the Fathers of the Internet

Authors: Lebrument, Chantal, Soyez, Fabien

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  • Recounts the life of Louis Pouzin who had invented the data transfer on the Internet and the Shell programming language and still works on new developments
  • Highlights and emphasizes the interplay between the individual and the groups he had created for the different tasks
  • Highlights Louis Pouzin’s vision of a free, independent and secure Web
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This book recounts the adventures of Louis Pouzin who invented one of the core elements for transmitting data over today’s Internet, the datagram. He also created one of the most widely used computer programming languages, the Shell; and is currently, at age 88, a leader in the development of a new Internet, RINA.
Louis Pouzin is not well known in his own country, France, but is acclaimed by his peers internationally. He was ignored in France for years although he is one of the very few French scientists who has met Queen Elizabeth II three times. This lack of appreciation on the part of the French public is also due to the fact that, despite the motto “publish or perish” current in scientific circles, he has an impressive list of scientific publications but only one book in English, to present his incredible achievement carried out with an exceptional team: the Cyclades project.
This book is the story of a life and a team. It is the journey of a visionary intellectual who has always been one step ahead and has fully adapted to the 21st century though born into a very modest family in a small village in central France at the beginning of the 20th century… What makes Louis Pouzin so special is that he is a leader and decision-maker who knows how to attract the right people to get projects done. He never admits defeat, even when short-sighted politicians absurdly order him to scrap his breakthroughs.
In its making, this book which is written for everyone interested in the true history of the Web, has strictly respected the basic rules of any journalistic investigation: interviews with those who made history, cross-referencing of sources, and documentary research.

About the authors

Chantal Lebrument is President of the Eurolinc association dedicated to natural languages on the Internet. She accompanies Louis on his many travels as a good manager of an unmanageable man. She had discovered the Internet from its very beginnings in France in 1989 by participating in the early meetings on the Internet, which were still very confidential in the 1990s.
Fabien Soyez is a journalist for Courrier Cadres, Socialter, CNET France, ZDNet and Ulyces.co. Specialized in new technologies, the economy and social innovation, he has been writing for 10 years on digital culture. He wrote the portrait of Louis Pouzin in 2016 for Ulyces... which he continued with this book.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Louis Pouzin’s Youth (1931–1952)

    Pages 1-11

    Lebrument, Chantal (et al.)

  • Early Career (1952–1963)

    Pages 13-17

    Lebrument, Chantal (et al.)

  • The American Years (1963–1965)

    Pages 19-26

    Lebrument, Chantal (et al.)

  • Back to France (1966–1971)

    Pages 27-33

    Lebrument, Chantal (et al.)

  • The Plan Calcul (1971–1979)

    Pages 35-66

    Lebrument, Chantal (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Inventions of Louis Pouzin
Book Subtitle
One of the Fathers of the Internet
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-34836-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-34836-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-34835-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 154
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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