Pages could be filled by listing all the people who have made significant contributions to the origin and evolution of the modern Internet. But one person laid the intellectual foundation: J.C.R. Licklider, a remarkably modest man who insisted on being called ‘Lick’ rather than ‘Dr. Licklider’ and who was comfortable letting others take credit for his ideas. Licklider had both a wide-ranging curiosity and (according to him) a short attention span. Combined with a gift for problem solving, these characteristics made him a generalist with deep insights into a number of fields. The fact that he was a psychologist, not an engineer, explains why his early ideas about computing and networking centred more on their cultural role than on technology.
(p. 1, ‘OSPF and IS-IS’ by Jeff Doyle from Addison Wesley www.awprofessional.com)