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A LITTLE-KNOWN South Wales scientist should be regarded as the true forefather of the internet, according to a paper in a top scientific journal. Don Davies, a father of three from Treorchy, invented something called “packet switching” back in 1965 – the innovation that helped pave the way for the development of web-surfing and e-mailing.
During World War II he worked on the top secret “Tube Alloys” programme in Birmingham University, a code name for the Government’s top secret nuclear bomb research, which would later be subsumed into the US’s Manhattan Project.
He became a pioneer in digital computing in the UK’s National Physics Laboratory. Mr Davies went on to develop early computer games with his noughts and crosses machine in 1949 before working to advise banks and government agencies such as MI6 on computer security issues
Trevor Harris said: “I never met Donald Davies but, for those that knew him, he was thought of as an unassuming man but one who deserves as much as anyone to be thought of as the father of computer communication.”
We've all heard the saying 'Learn something new every day' I certainly have reading this article.