Pioneer Behind Wireless Network Dies At 88

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's death was as a result of skin cancer which had a bad effect on his lungs.
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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.

Abramson’s  project name: ALOHAnet was put together with the help of Hawaii. Abramson and his collaborator Franklin Kuo,  worked  on the ALOHAnet project while teaching at UH. ALOHAnet helped connect UH to other colleges and universities to share research. It delivered packets of data over radio channels easily without the need to schedule. Unreceived data packets were resent. Some ideas from the ALOHAnet project were used in the development of Wi-Fi and Ethernet.

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.

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