WASHINGTONSeveral Internet pioneers were among the 1999 National Medal of Science and Technology award winners announced by the White House on Monday.
Glen Culler, chief scientist and retired chairman of Culler Scientific Systems Corp., was selected for pioneering work on the Arpanet, the foundation of today's Internet. Culler also was cited for his innovations in computing, including digital speech processing and the first on-line system for interactive graphical mathematics computing.
Also selected was voice recognition pioneer Raymond Kurzweil, founder, chairman and chief executive of Kurzweil Technologies Inc., and Robert Taylor, who led development of the Arpanet, PC technology and the graphical user interface.
Kenneth Stevens, an engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will receive the National Medal of Science award for engineering for his work on acoustics for speech production and speech science.
Symbol Technologies, Inc. was awarded a special corporate award for its work on building the market for laser bar code scanning and for technical development of mobile computing and wireless local area network technologies.President Clinton will present the awards on March 14.