Bob is Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

While an engineer-scientist, Bob helped pioneer the Internet.  In 1973, at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, he invented Ethernet, the local-area networking standard on which he shares four patents.

While an entrepreneur-executive (1979-1990), Bob founded 3Com Corporation, the billion-dollar networking company where at various times he was Chairman, CEO, division general manager, and vice president of engineering, sales, and marketing.  3Com became part of HP in 2010.

While a publisher-pundit (1990-2000), Bob was CEO of IDG’s InfoWorld Publishing Company (1992-1995).  For eight years, he opined about the Internet in an InfoWorld column read weekly by half a million information technologists.

Bob’s books include Packet Communication, Beyond Calculation, and Internet Collapses.

Honors & Memberships

National Medal of Technology
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Academy of Engineering


S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University

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