Paul V. Mockapetris
Paul Mockapetris in Barcelona in 2013
Born1948 (age 75–76)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California at Irvine
Known forInventing the Domain Name System
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science

Paul V. Mockapetris (born 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, US) is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, who invented the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).


Mockapetris graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1966, received his bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 and his doctorate in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine in 1982.[1][2]


In 1983, he proposed a Domain Name System architecture in RFC 882 and RFC 883. He had recognized the problem in the early Internet (then ARPAnet) of holding name to address translations in a single table on the hosts file of an operating system. Instead he proposed a distributed and dynamic DNS database: essentially DNS as it exists today.[1][2]


Mockapetris is a fellow of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. He:[1][2]


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  1. ^ a b c "ISI Names Dr. Paul Mockapetris Visiting Scholar" Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 27 March 2003
  2. ^ a b c "Paul Mockapetris", Biology Daily, 19 August 2006
  3. ^ "Personal Achievement – Network Engineering: Paul Mockapetris for DNS Design and Implementation" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Awards, 1997
  4. ^ "Alumni association to present Lauds & Laurels" Archived 2006-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, UCINews, April 2002
  5. ^ "IEEE Internet Award Recipients", Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, accessed 20 September 2012
  6. ^ a b "ACM Software System Award (USA - 2019)". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  7. ^ "SIGCOMM Award Recipients". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "SIGCOMM Test of Time". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "2012 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees", Internet Hall of Fame, Internet Society. Accessed April 24, 2012
  10. ^ "Paul Mockapetris invested Honoris Causa (Spanish)", UMH communications. Accessed February 7, 2013
Preceded byPhil Gross IETF Chair 1994–1996 Succeeded byFred Baker