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News - May 15, 2013

Robert Taylor honored for pioneering work on computers, Internet

Robert W. Taylor, a Woodside resident for 30 years and a visionary in the development of computer networks and modern personal computing, including the availability of information online, has been inducted into the Computer History Museum Hall of Fellows in Mountain View.

Mr. Taylor was instrumental in the formation of a computer network at the famed Advanced Research Projects Agency for the Department of Defense in the 1960s, and during the 1970s led a computer lab at the equally famous center of innovation, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).

As head of a new research center in Palo Alto for Digital Equipment Corp., Mr Taylor was involved in the development of technologies that led to digital books, modern workstations, and the Java programming language.

In past recognitions of his achievements, Mr. Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1999 and the Charles Stark Draper Prize in 2004, the highest award of the National Academy of Engineering and one he shares with Computer History Museum fellows Charles Thacker, Butler Lampson and Alan Kay.

Go to for the page celebrating Mr. Taylor's most recent recognition.

Go to for a comprehensive Almanac story about Mr. Taylor, written by Marion Softky in 2000.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fellows on April 27. The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View. Call 810-1010.


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