The Internet Society, an organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership for the development of the Internet, followed the example of other organisational bodies - Major League Baseball and Rock N Roll (Ahmet Ertegun) - and created an Internet Hall of Fame to honour individuals who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the Internet.
The Internet Hall of Fame is a relatively new award, started in 2012, that has only inducted members for three years: 2012, 2013 and 2014. It will restart in 2017, as it wanted to give time for new members to become apparant; the majority of individuals referred to as 'Internet Pioneers' and 'Founding Fathers of the Internet' were already members by 2014. The Internet evolved from the development of packet switching and ARPANET: so the individuals involved in developing of this technology and computer network are the obvious early inductees to the Internet Hall of Fame. These persons are referred to as "Pioneers" and are inducted in the Pioneers category. There are two other categories: Global Connectors and Innovators. An example of a Global Connector is Al Gore - inducted in 2012 - as Gore was responsible, as a sensator, for providing funding to continue develop the network infrastructure and software of the Internet in the early 1990's. This enabled the Internet to evolve from a federally funded network of networks into a commercial one. Then there are the innovators, such as Tim Berners-Lee and Paul Mockapetris, who develop the protocols (software) of the Internet: such as the HTTP and DNS protocols.
Most of the popular services found on the Internet - World Wide Web, Email and File Downloads (FTP) - were developed before 1992, therefore, it is probably of no surprise that the Internet Hall of Fame has suspended the induction of new members for the past two years: as they would be inducting members for the sake of it, and inducting members whose 'body of work' and influence was in no way equal to that of say Jon Postel or David Clark. The current members can be found at www.internethalloffame.org and are as follows:
Paul Baran, Vint Cerf, Danny Cohen, Steve Crocker, Donald Davies, Elizabeth J. Feinler, Charles Herzfeld, Robert Kahn, Peter T. Kirstein, Leonard Kleinrock, John Klensin, Jon Postel, Louis Pouzin, Lawrence Roberts, Randy Bush, Kilnam Chon, Al Gore, Nancy Hafkin, Geoff Huston, Brewster Kahle, Daniel Karrenberg, Toru Takahashi, Tan Tin Wee, Mitchell Baker, Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau, Van Jacobson, Lawrence Landweber, Paul Mockapetris, Craig Newmark, Raymond Tomlinson, Linus Torvalds and Philip Zimmermann.
David Clark, David Farber, Howard Frank, Kanchana Kanchanasut, J.C.R. Licklider, Bob Metcalfe, Jun Murai, Kees Neggers, Nii Quaynor, Glenn Ricart, Aaron Swartz, Robert Taylor, Stephen Wolff, Werner Zorn, Karen Banks, Gihan Dias, Anriette Esterhuysen, Steve Goldstein, Teus Hagen, Ida Holz, Haruhisa Ishida, Barry Leiner, George Sadowsky, Marc Andreessen, John Barlow, François Flückiger, Qiheng Hu, Stephen Kent, Anne-Marie Eklund Löwinder, Henning Schulzrinne, Richard Stallman, Aaron Swartz and Jimmy Wales.
Douglas Engelbart, Susan Estrada, Frank Heart, Dennis Jennings, Rolf Nordhagen, Radia Perlman, Dai Davies, Demi Getschko, Masaki Hirabaru, Erik Huizer, Steven Huter, Abhaya Induruwa, Dorcas Muthoni, Mahabir Pun, Srinivasan Ramani, Michael Roberts, Ben Segal, Douglas Van Houweling, Eric Allman, Eric Bina, Karlheinz Brandenburg, John Cioffi, Hualin Qian and Paul Vixie.