Making one's way into the InfoWorld Hall of Fame requires a person to be a driving force behind the Internet architecture that drives today's e-business economy.
Whereas some of these individuals are well-known and their contributions obvious, others have worked behind the scenes.
Still, every individual included in this list, prominent and unheralded alike, has had a significant impact on our move toward the New Economy. This is InfoWorld's attempt to recognize their efforts.
Claim to fame: As a 14-year veteran of Microsoft Corp., Myhrvold played a key role in helping design and create Microsoft products. Myhrvold pushed Microsoft to develop a network operating system that would compete with Unix. Windows NT was the result of that idea.
Claim to fame: Metcalfe's contribution to the development of Ethernet provided the baseline for Internet communication. His subsequent role as an industry pundit continues to provide long-term vision for companies looking to develop and execute e-business strategies.
Claim to fame: Ozzie spearheaded the development of Lotus Notes, which provided the basis for collaborative computing over LANs and WANs on personal computers.
Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore
Claim to fame: Noyce and Moore were the technology brains behind Intel and helped put a computer on a microchip in the 1970s. Moore also observed the doubling of circuit density every 18 months, coining the term "Moore's Law."
Claim to fame: Booch as been a longtime designer and developer of object-oriented software. His design methodology, The Booch Method, is used by development organizations worldwide to create business applications. Booch is now the CTO of Catapulse, a subsidiary of Rational Software Corp.
Claim to fame: Cutler led development teams that created two advanced operating systems: DEC's VMS and Windows NT. Both operating systems have been critical to the development and deployment of enterprise computing and large-scale business applications.
Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv
Claim to fame: The Lempel-Ziv algorithm, a data compression algorithm, was the basis for enabling data transmission via the Internet in an efficient manner.
Claim to fame: Bell spent 23 years at DEC and spearheaded the development of the PDP minicomputer and the VAX Computing Environment -- both of which were significant contributions to the era of distributed computing. He is currently with Microsoft's Telepresence Research Group.
Claim to fame: Bricklin's software invention, VisiCalc, became the industry-standard electronic spreadsheet in the late 1980s and kick-started the business application software industry. Bricklin also founded Slate, an ahead-of-its-time pen computing application company, and Trellix Corp., a Web tools provider.
Claim to fame: The Viennese actress patented, with composer George Antweil, the concept of spread-spectrum communication technology in 1942. Her intent was for the technology to contribute to the war effort. Spread spectrum provides the basis for much of today's wireless technology.
Brian Kerninghan and Dennis Ritchie
Claim to fame: Kerninghan and Ritchie co-created the C programming language at Bell Labs in the early 1970s. Subsequently, both worked on the development of the Unix operating system at AT&T Corp.'s Bell Labs in the 1980s.
Edgar Codd and Chris Date
Claim to fame: Codd and Date each contributed to the development of the relational database management system -- the database used in every type of business today.
Claim to fame: Cerf helped design TCP/IP protocol and was the key architect of the Internet and ARPAnet. Cerf's work has allowed companies to explore and expand the capabilities of the Internet for worldwide use.
Claim to fame: Stroustrup designed and implemented the object-oriented programming language C++ that pioneered many e-business applications.