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He received his Bachelor's Degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Doctorate in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. In 1983, he proposed a Domain Name System (DNS) architecture in RFCs 882 and 883 while at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California. He had recognized the problem in the early Internet (then ARPAnet) of holding name to address translations in a single table on a single host, and instead proposed a distributed and dynamic DNS database: essentially DNS as we have it today. Together with Jon Postel, he is acknowledged as the inventor of DNS. In 1995, he left academia to become employee number two at @Home, where his efforts helped to bring broadband Internet to the home via cable modem. He became Chairman of Nominum, Inc. in 1999, a company which supplies DNS software to the world's leading network carriers. He received the 1997 John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Award "Personal Achievement - Network Engineering" for DNS design and implementation, the 2003 IEEE Internet Award for his contributions to DNS, and the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of California, Irvine. In May 2005 he received the ACM Sigcomm lifetime award. Among his publications are: RFC 1034 – “Domain Names - Concepts And Facilities”; Rfc 1035 – “Domain Names - Implementation And Specification”; and RFC 973 – “Domain System Changes and Observations”