Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89

Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 26/06/2018 22:10

Frank Heart, the engineer who oversaw development of the first routing computer for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet, died on Sunday at a retirement community in Lexington, Mass. He was 89.

The cause was complications of melanoma, his son Bennet said.

In 1969, Mr. Heart led a small team of talented young engineers to build the Interface Message Processor, or I.M.P., a computer whose special function was to switch data among the computers on the Arpanet. To this day, many of the principles Mr. Heart emphasized — reliability, error resistance and the capacity for self-correction — remain central to the internet’s robustness.

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