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Internet Society honors Chinese technologist

MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands, July 29 — A leading Chinese technologist received here Wednesday an award from the Internet Society (ISOC) for his pioneering role in advancing Internet technology over the last 20 years.

Jianping Wu's best-known contribution is the development of the China Education and Research Network (CERNET), China's first Internet backbone network, said the ISOC.

Created to establish a nationwide advanced network infrastructure to support education and research among universities, CERNET has since become the world's largest national academic network.

Since 1998, Wu has been focusing on the design and development of a large-scale native IPv6 backbone in China that serves to connect over 200 universities and millions of users.

"Twenty years ago, Dr. Wu recognized the importance and future impact of the Internet and the pivotal role it would play in terms of its impact on social reform, technology advancement and economic growth for China," said Lynn St. Amour, president and CEO of the ISOC.

"He has worked tirelessly to bring his vision to life. As a result, the networks that resulted from his determination and hard work have played an important role in driving Internet development in China and have had a significant impact on the Internet worldwide."

Wu said: "It's not only my personal honor, but also the recognition from the international society to all Chinese researchers and the achievements they have made."

The ISOC is a non-profit organization founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet-related standards, education, policy and ensure the open development, evolution, the use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world.

The Postel Award was established by the ISOC to honor individuals or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the data communications community. (PNA/Xinhua) V3/utb

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