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


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

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