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Raytheon BBN Technologies Chief Scientist Craig Partridge inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

High-speed Internet router's designer is third member of Raytheon team awarded prestigious honor

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon BBN Technologies Chief Scientist Craig Partridge was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for designing critical email and IP routing technologies that increased the speed at which Internet messages move. He was recently honored at the Internet Society's 2017 Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles.

Partridge developed the modern email routing system in 1986. As Internet use expanded in the early 1990s, routers couldn't keep up with the explosive growth of email traffic. In response, Partridge developed the system architecture for high-speed routers that is still in use today. 

"The fact that systems I developed 25 years ago are worthy of Internet Hall of Fame recognition today is a testament to the people I've been privileged to work with," said Craig Partridge, chief scientist of Raytheon BBN Technologies. "Their vision and insight drove me to create systems capable of evolving smoothly over time."

This is the most recent of many prestigious honors for Partridge. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The ACM honored him with the ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Award in 2006. Partridge was also an initial member of the Internet Engineering Steering Group, which is responsible for the technical management of Internet Engineering Task Force activities and the Internet standards process.

Partridge is the third member of the Raytheon BBN staff to earn Internet Hall of Fame honors. Ray Tomlinson, who sent the first network email in 1971 and saved the "@" symbol from probable extinction, was honored in 2012. In 2013, Steve Kent was inducted for his groundbreaking cybersecurity contributions that laid the foundation for modern Internet and email security encryption methods and standards.

Raytheon BBN Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN).

About the Internet Hall of Fame

The Internet Hall of Fame (www.internethalloffame.org) is a recognition program and virtual museum that celebrates the living history of the Internet and the individuals whose extraordinary contributions have made the Internet, its worldwide availability and use, and its transformative nature, possible. The Internet Hall of Fame was launched by the Internet Society in 2012.

About the Internet Society

Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet into the future. Together with its growing global community of chapters and members, the Internet Society supports Internet-led innovation, promotes the use of best practice technologies and encourages the adoption of policies that enable universal access to a globally connected, trusted Internet. The Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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