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ICANN Board Chair Dr. Stephen Crocker is among the inaugural inductees into the Internet Hall of Fame.
The inductees were announced 23 April at the Internet Society's Global INET 2012 conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Internet pioneers and luminaries from around the world attended a gala in honor of the inductees.
"We are delighted by this honor that the Internet Society has bestowed upon Steve," said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In no small way he and the other Internet Hall of Fame Inductees forever changed the world in which we live."
Crocker was named to the Internet Society's Pioneer Circle, which recognizes those who were instrumental in the early design and development of the Internet.
The other inductees in the Pioneer Circle include: Vint Cerf, former ICANN Board Chair, often called the "father of the Internet," Jon Postel, considered ICANN's patron saint, John Klensin, an active ICANN participant, along with, Danny Cohen, Donald Davies, Elizabeth Feinler, Charles Herzfeld, Robert Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Louis Pouzin, and Lawrence Roberts.
Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St. Amour told the attendees, "We all benefit from their outstanding contributions to a global Internet, making it one of the greatest catalysts of economic and societal development of all time."