The Internet pioneer and SWITCH's first Managing Director is honoured in a series of video messages from former colleagues.
Bernhard Plattner will officially become "emeritus" on 1 August 2015. He has worked at ETH Zurich for 30 years, taking a lead role in the foundation of SWITCH and briefly acting as the foundation’s Managing Director. He was also instrumental at the time in registering .ch as a top-level domain in the Domain Name System.
Plattner’s achievements in researching computer networks and the Internet are not only significant for Switzerland, they have also earned international recognition. This is made clear in a video message from Vint Cerf: "You certainly made wonderful contributions to the Internet in Europe, especially in Switzerland," said the "Father of the Internet" at the 25th anniversary celebration for ETH Zurich’s Computer Engineering and Networks Laboratory (TIK), which was co-founded by Plattner.
SWITCH asked a number of people who have worked with Plattner over the years to record a video message for him: Thomas Brunner, Dr phil. Barbara Meili, Dr Andreas Dudler, Prof. Hannes Lubich, Dr Thomas Dübendorfer, Urs Eppenberger and Simon Leinen convey their best wishes for his retirement.
Simon Leinen had close contact with Plattner thanks to a research collaboration between the TIK and SWITCH centring on the analysis of SWITCHlan netflow data.