This came out of ISOC. If you know someone that can be nominated, please, do so.
Each year, the Internet Society awards the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award includes a presentation crystal and a prize of USD 20,000. This year the award will be made during the 70th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2-7 December 2007. The deadline for nominations is 17 September 2007.
About the Award
The award was established by the Internet Society to recognize and commemorate the extraordinary stewardship exercised by Jonathan B. Postel over the course of a thirty year career in networking. Between 1971 and 1998, Jon managed, nurtured and transformed the RFC series of notes created by Steve Crocker in 1969. He also served as the ARPANET “numbers Czar” and Internet Assigned Numbers Authority over the same period of time. He was a founding member of the Internet Architecture (nee Activities) Board and the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also served as a Trustee. For more information on Jon Postel’s life and contributions.
The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award is to honor an individual who has provided similar sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. With respect to leadership, the committee places particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in addition to their own specific actions.
Award Nomination Procedure
The nominee does not need to be a member of ISOC. However, the nominator does need to be an ISOC member in good standing. Nominate via email to
1. Name and Email address of nominee
2. CV/Bio of nominee
3. Statement of recommendation including specific acts, works, contributions, and other criteria that would show the nominee to fit the standard set by Jon Postel. It should be clear from your statement that your nominee has performed in this manner over a long period of time, not simply that the nominee has done several significant things in the area of data communications and the Internet. Please include corroborating references with their name, email address, and telephone number. Conclude with your postal address, ISOC member number, and telephone number as well as the postal address, telephone and fax number of the nominee.
Thank you in advance for your support,
The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award 2007 Nominating Committee.