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20 people who changed tech: The internet pioneers

By staff and wire services reports
July 9th, 2013

My father wasn’t much for gardening, InformationWeek reports. Our house had a lawn of about 12 feet by 10 feet. He didn’t like to mow it and neither did I, so every year he cemented over a little more of it, saying: “A fool and his lawnmower are soon united.” But he was voted Man of The Year by the American Concrete Institute. I bring up this tangential point only because if you asked me what the Most Outstanding Development in Technology has been over the past 200 years, I would have to say the internet and the world wide web. President Obama has the original patent application and telegraph key from Samuel Morse in the Oval Office, and he tells visitors that “the internet started here,” and of course he’s right. But the internet really was a cumulative and collaborative effort…

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