I was invited to the unveiling ceremony (but, alas, didn't feel up to attending) You can see a number of pictures of the event here, and there's a scan of a paper copy of the plaque which they sent all of us here (so you can read the text). I'm in the "MIT" section, one of four people from MIT selected to be named on the plaque.
I started work on Internet-related stuff (diagnostics for a 1 Mbit/second ring LAN) when I joined the "Computer Systems Research" group at MIT-LCS in the fall of 1977, and started working on actual TCP/IP related stuff shortly thereafter. By March of 1980 I had an IP router sending packets between the ring and a Xerox experimental 3 Mbit/second Ethernet, and went on to do a lot of other IP-related things.
In particular, I initiated the first commercial sales of multi-protocol routers, with Proteon (now defunct, alas); my efforts encouraged Len Bosack to start selling routers with Cisco, and we all know where that went!
Obviously, the Internet has really taken off since the early days, in the late 70's, when the entire Internet community could (and on occasion did :-) sit around a single conference table! (As I was fairly certain, from about 1983 or so, that it would - although we didn't forsee the WWW.) It's really been "a long strange trip" watching it all happen, having been there almost from the very start.
I'm not extremely actively involved any more in much of it, but I still
dabble in some of the leading-edge computer network research and advanced
development activity; I also occasionally help with recording the history of
the early work and subsequent early growth, which remains a vivid memory.
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