Klaas Wierenga has today been inducted to the prestigious Internet Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Costa Rica, recognised for his invention of eduroam, the global Wi-Fi roaming service for academic and research communities in over 100 countries. 

Internet Hall of Fame

The purpose of the Internet Hall of Fame awards – launched by the Internet Society in 2012 – is to publicly honour visionaries and leaders who have made important contributions to the development and improvement of the global Internet. 

Part of the 2019 Class of Inductees, Klaas joins Internet greats such as Vint Cerf and Jon Postel (founders of the modern internet), Linus Torvalds (the inventor of Linux) and Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the WWW).

“I am overwhelmed,” said Wierenga, Chief Community Support Officer at GÉANT. “I am very happy and very honoured with this recognition for me personally. But mainly because it shows that it has not remained unnoticed that hundreds of members of the ‘eduroam family’ have committed themselves, with the help of the research and education community, to build something extraordinary.”

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