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Leonard Kleinrock, American Computer scientist. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Distinguished lecturer 1973, 76); member National Academy of Engineering, Operations Research Society American(Lancaster prize 1976), Association Computing Machinery (SIG committee award 1990), International Federation Information Processes Sys. (Harry H. Goode award 1996), Amateur Athletic Union.


Kleinrock, Leonard was born on June 13, 1934 in New York City. Son of Bernard and Anne (Schoenfeld) Kleinrock.


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, City College of New York, 1957. Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1963.

Doctor of Science (honorary), City College of New York, 1997. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000. Degree (honorary), University Bologna, 2005.

Degree (honorary), Politecnico di Torino, 2005.


Assistant electrical engineer Photobell Company Inc., 1951-1957. Research engineer Lincoln Laboratories, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957-1963. Member faculty University of California at Los Angeles, since 1963, professor computer science, since 1970, chair, computer science department, 1991—1995, co-chairperson department, 1994-1995.

Co-founder Linkabit Corporation, 1968-1969, president. Founder Computer Channel, Inc., 1988. Founder, Chief Executive Officer, chairman Technology Transfer Institute, 1976—1998.

Chairman Tension Technology International/Vanguard, since 1998. Founder, chairman Nomadix Inc., since 1995. Consultant in field, principal investigator government contracts.

Founding member computer science and telecommunications board, National Research Council, 1986. Distinguished lecturer University of California at Los Angeles, 1994. Chair Realizing the Information Future: The Internet and Beyond, National Research Council, 1994, member committee Computing the Future-A Broader Agenda for Computer Science and Engineering Towards a National Research Network Committee.

Member advisory board City College of New York Powell Center for Policy Studies. Member Network Research Liaison Council. Member advisory board Gigabit Testbed.

Founding member Science Council of the Cross Industry Working Team.


  • Achievements include creation of the basic principles of packet switching tech.



Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Distinguished lecturer 1973, 76, Harry M. Goode award 1996, Internet Millennium award, 2000), International Engineering Consortium, Association Computing Machinery (SIGCOMM award 1990, Monie A. Ferst award Sigma Xi, 1996), Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences ( Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)(President award, 1999). Member National Academy of Engineering (vice chair, computer science and engineering peer committee, 2002, Charles Stark Draper prize, 2001), American Academy Arts & Sciences. Operations Research Society of America (Lancaster prize 1976), International Federation Information Processes Systems, Amateur Athletic Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  • Other Interests

    Karate, hiking, jogging, swimming, marathon runner, puzzles.


Married Stella Schuler, December, 1967;children: Nancy S., Martin C.

Bernard Kleinrock

Anne (Schoenfeld) Kleinrock

Stella Schuler

Martin C. Kleinrock

Nancy S. Kleinrock