Reports from the New York Times are that Norman Abramson, a member of the pioneers behind wireless networks, has passed away at the age of 88. Abramson, a team of graduate students and faculty he led created an early wireless network known as ALOHAnet. The network's innovative techniques are still being used in more recent satellite, phone, and computer networks.
Abramson, who was an engineer and a student of communication theory, studied at Harvard. He also received a master’s at UCLA and a PhD from Stanford. In Hawaii, Abramson took a faculty position at the University of Hawai’i (UH) Mānoa’s College of Engineering. He retired after occupying the position of the chair of the school’s information and computer sciences department for 30 years.
University of Hawaii president, David Lassner, said that Abramson had a big impact on the way people communicate and share information in recent time. He added that Abramson left a legacy at UH. The President said this in a memorial shared on the college’s blog.
Abramson is survived by his wife, son, and three grandchildren.