Brief History of the Internet

By kari33
  • ARPA is created

    ARPA is created
    President Eisenhower asked the Defense Department to set up the special agency, ARPA, in response to Sputnik.
  • First project begins.

    First project begins.
    Bob Taylor has an idea to build a network.
  • Prototype

    With only eight months to work on delivering results, BBN shows off their first prototype I.M.P. to U.C.L.A.
  • BBN wins bid

    ARPA gave the job of building "packet swtiches," otherwise known as "interface message processors" to Bolt, Beranek & Newman.
  • Creation of email

    Ray Tomlinson, BBN, figures out basic email programs. He also is responsible for selecting the "@" sign to represent "at."
  • Multiple networks

    The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) is designed by Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf. This allows networks to interconnect.
  • First personal computer

    First personal computer
    Apple Computer Inc. is founded by engineers, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Soon after, the Apple II was launched. This is one of the first personal computers priced at $1,200.
  • World wide web

    CERN, a physics laboratory, introduces the World Wide Web, created by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau. This opened up the door to "browers" which were to emerge on the scene shortly after.
  • First browser

    Marc Andreessen - a student at University of Illinois at the time - develops the first web browser, Mosaic. Andreeseen partnered with entrepreneur and Silicon Graphics founder, Jim Clark, to create Netscape Communications.
  • Google

    Back in 1998, Stanford students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, released Google, an Internet search engine that dominated all other search engines. Nearly a decade later, Google is "the most valuable global brand," and also is the most visited Web site.