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Google celebrates professor who foresaw Internet's impact

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on Monday honoured Greek professor and with a doodle.

Dertouzos foresaw how the Internet would impact everyday lives.

He predicted the popularity of personal computers and helped to maximise their potential as of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT)

"We made a big mistake 300 years ago when we separated and humanism. It's time to put the two back together," he wrote in in 1997.

Born in in 1936, Dertouzos was the son of a in the

He attended the on a Fulbright Scholarship, earned a PhD from MIT and joining the faculty in 1968.

"Under Dertouzos' guidance, the MIT grew into a thriving research centre employing hundreds of people collaborating on innovations like distributed systems, time-sharing computers, the ArpaNet, and RSA encryption, an algorithm used to ensure secure data transmission," said.

Dertouzos worked to make the home of the Consortium (W3C), an alliance of companies promoting the Web's evolution and interconnectivity.

Dertouzos recruited Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, to run it.

In his 1997 book "What Will Be: How the New World of Information Will Change Our Lives," he observed: "If we strip the hype away, a simple, crisp and inevitable picture emerges -- of an Information Marketplace where people and their computers will buy, sell and freely exchange information and information work".

Dertouzos died on August 27, 2001.



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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 10:00 IST