Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik

Werner Zorn

As the founder of the German Internet, Prof. Dr.-Ing Werner Zorn has contributed to one of the most important technical achievements of the last decades. After his study of communication technologies at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, he has worked in the research group "image processing and character recognition". Shortly after his Ph.D. in 1971, he took the lead in the newly founded computing center of the University at the age of 30. He became a professor in 1979 and became head of the research department LORD in 1985, where his team created the infrastructure to connect Germany to the Internet. At August the 2nd 1984, the first e-mail arrived Germany at the address zorn@germany in the computing center of the University. Thanks to Prof. Zorn, the fourth nation was connected to the global network. He repeated his success with the first mail to China in September 1987 -  "Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner of the world". In this honor, the Internet Society of China has announced the day to the annual "China's Netizen Day", which took place for the first time in September 2009 in Beijing. If he isn't trying to change the world as a holder of the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany, he loves to spend his time at his piano where he plays classical music or enjoys a round of table tennis at the TTV Einheit Potsdam.