Alumni & Donors

Internet Pioneer David Farber, a Stevens Institute of Technology Alumnus, Selected for Internet Hall of Fame

Hoboken, N.J. - Stevens Institute of Technology alumnus David Farber '56, M.S. '61 has been named one of 32 inductees to the Internet Hall of Fame, a prestigious annual awards program of the Internet Society which recognizes leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global open Internet.

On Aug. 3, 2013 in Berlin, Germany, Farber will join a distinguished group of engineers, activists, innovators and entrepreneurs in the 2013 Pioneers Circle of the Internet Hall of Fame, which recognizes individuals who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet.

A computer science and information systems visionary, Farber – a 1956 graduate of Stevens and a member emeritus of the Stevens Board of Trustees – earned the nickname “Grandfather of the Internet” for his many computing breakthroughs, which helped to build the early backbone of Internet search and Internet communication.

After more than a decade working in the early computing industry at Bell Labs, RAND Corporation, Scientific Data Systems and Xerox Data Systems, Farber helped to create the world’s first operational distributed computer system – microcomputers which share data and software remotely – as a faculty member at the University of California at Irvine. Later, as a faculty member at the University of Delaware, he helped to create CSNet for the National Science Foundation, a network which connected national academic computer science departments for the first time and help to take networking technology global. Another of Farber’s major contribution to the computing industry was NSFNET, which helped to drive the development of the commercial internet.

Farber – who has advised national leaders and agencies on issues like security, bandwidth and privacy – is a lifelong advocate for advancing computer science knowledge and innovation. Formerly the Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directed high-speed networking research, Farber is currently the Distinguished Career Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. At Stevens, Farber – who received an honorary doctorate from Stevens in 1999 – recently made a $2 million commitment to establish a faculty chair to enhance the leading-edge research in the Stevens’ Department of Computer Science.

"I feel honored by this, of course, but it's important to remember that when we did this early work — and lots of people took part in the development of the internet — none of us expected what actually happened to happen," said Farber. “The Internet was a network to link universities and academic departments. We never expected it to grow like this. It has exploded and taken over the world. In some real sense, my Stevens education put me in a position where I could help start the Internet."

“There is no one more deserving of this incredible honor than David Farber, a global leader in the field of computing who first changed the world through his own innovations and then dedicated himself to advancing computer science education to create the next generation of innovators,” said Stevens President Nariman Farvardin. “I am exceedingly proud and appreciative to call David one of Stevens’ most esteemed alumni and supporters.”

More details on Farber and the other 2013 Internet Hall of Fame inductees, including biographies and photos, can be found at Watch the induction ceremony live on Aug. 3, 2013 at

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal sustainability. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About the Internet Hall of Fame

The Internet Hall of Fame is an annual awards program that has been established by the Internet Society to publicly recognize a distinguished and select group of leaders and luminaries who have made significant contributions to the development and advancement of the global open Internet.  More information on the program can be found at

About the Internet Society

The Internet Society is the trusted independent source for Internet information and thought leadership from around the world. With its principled vision and substantial technological foundation, the Internet Society promotes open dialogue on Internet policy, technology, and future development among users, companies, governments, and other organizations. Working with its members and Chapters around the world, the Internet Society enables the continued evolution and growth of the Internet for everyone. For more information, see: