"The mother of the internet", inventor of STP protocol
Radia Perlman is a Fellow at Dell Technologies. Her specialties include network routing protocols and network security. She developed the technology for making network routing self-stabilizing, largely self-managing, and scalable. She also invented the spanning tree algorithm, which transformed Ethernet from a technology that supported a few hundred nodes within a single building, to something that could support large networks. She has made contributions in network security, including scalable data expiration, distributed algorithms despite malicious participants and DDOS prevention techniques. Radia is the author of the textbook “Interconnections” (about network layers 2 and 3) and co-author of “Network Security”. She has been recognized with many industry honours including induction into the National Academy of Engineering, the Inventor Hall of Fame, The Internet Hall of Fame, Washington State Academy of Science, the 2023 IEEE Eric Sumner Award, and lifetime achievement awards from Usenix and SIGCOMM. She has a PhD in computer science from MIT.