2020 UCLA Medal Ceremony honoring Prof. Leonard Kleinrock

Carol and I want to welcome everyone to the residence we really appreciate you being here tonight it’s a special night for all of us because of course tonight we’re awarding the UCLA medal to our very own Leonard Kleinrock so special so professors by their nature are curious they’re curious people they we poke around we prod we ponder things both big and small we want to figure out how things work how to make them better we want to unearth novel understandings of ancient cultures seek smart solutions to stubborn problems and discover new answers to old questions and sometimes if we’re persistent if we’re lucky we may even create something that changes the way people live their lives leonard kleinrock is one of those persistent ones whose prodding and pondering has helped shape modern life from a working class family of ukrainian jewish immigrants len was born in harlem in 1934 and raised in washington heights he graduated bronx high school of science and maybe that’s the magic because the number of people that have been successful from bronx high school is astounding so he graduated in in 1951 after which his father asked him to stay in new york to help support the family he spent five and a half years working in new york while taking night classes at new york city college where he received an undergraduate degree he eventually went on to a phd at the massachusetts institute of technology in the 1960s while an mit graduate student len created the mathematical theory of packet switching a technique that allows different computers to communicate with each other by sharing information bursts information in bursts that technique will help build the foundation of our modern age five years later as a ucla professor the advanced research projects agency which later became the defense advanced research projects agency or darpa as most of us know it asked len to put his theory into practice and he did and more on historic night october 29th 1969 only three months after human beings first landed on the moon at 10 30 p.m from his ucla laboratory len directed the first message to be sent on what we now know as the internet a message that went from a ucla computer to a computer at stanford research institute we call the lab the birthplace of the internet and it remains perfectly preserved in 3420 boulter hall it’s still there so if you want to see it there’s the original original lab it’s a moment in ucla’s history that brings us great pride and lent helped organize a wonderful conference this past fall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the transmission some of you were present it was really a dazzling meeting and also to confront that the challenges we faced today with the internet so not only did it celebrate the past it really began to address the challenges of the future but that moment a key event in the digital revolution was only the beginning in the 1980s len went on to chair the national research council that authored a report calling for a single high-speed network to connect the nation’s computers at that time it was called by some the information super highway today it’s called the internet and while eisenhower’s interstate highway connected the nation the information superhighway has connected the world the creation of the internet is one of those moments that truly transforms the world like the creations of the printing press the light bulb or the steam engine every aspect of human endeavor from academic research to shopping from political organizing to informal socializing has been impacted by the internet and all of us recognize it’s just profound impact on humans it’s hard to imagine any single discovery could have so much so much power how we understand each other how we see the past how we imagine the future have all been shaped and reshaped by the technology that leonard kleinrock was central in developing as a kid len was a tinkerer driven by curiosity we disassemble and reassemble toys build model airplanes fix toasters and experiment with electrical gadgets while reading a superman comic i was told he stumbled across instructions for making a build-it-yourself radio well it did require him to buy one small electronic equipment piece of equipment from a local store len was taken by the fact that the radio could be built almost entirely out of common household items like a razor pencil and even an empty toilet roll so i was thinking the toilet roll must have been the coil

and i think the razor and pencil were probably the diode that’s my guess all right so i got i got that right so when you assemble all these pieces and turned it on amazingly the homemade radio which did not include a battery actually worked this was magic he said where was it coming from there didn’t seem to be any energy going into the system i just had to find out how it worked and basically i was hooked that moment helped drive a fascination with engineering that took him to mit and then to ucla to the famous lab in boulder hall being hailed as now being held as one of the fathers of the internet but as grace as grateful as we all are for superman’s contribution to the story i hope len will forgive me the suggesting that in order to understand len’s life and work we must look past superman to one of his competitors spider-man the star the star of the rival comic book uh uh who who made famous the ma the modern maxim with great power comes great responsibility so whether he knows it or not lena’s had some spider-man in his heart he made it quite clear and ways we’ve spoken about quite clearly about our obligation to ensure that the use and the of the power of the internet be used responsibly in a powerful op-ed just last year len lamented that commercialization corporate interests nationalistic agendas and various dangerous players came to dominate an internet that originally had been created in a spirit of honesty trust and connection he wrote that a once convivial online community transformed into one of competition antagonism and extremism and then as the millennium ended our revolution took even more disturbing turn which we continue to grapple with today len lamented that organized crime recognized the internet could be used for international money laundering and extremists found the internet to be a convenient megaphone for their radical views with the heartfelt urgency of a parent dismayed to see their child gone astray he has called on governments scientists industry and individual consumers to work together to restrain the pernicious effects of the internet and return it to what he calls it’s the internet’s ethical roots his insistence on ethical roots the acknowledgement that both our inventions and our intentions matter demonstrate that lying len klein rock not only has the intellect but the character that merits the award tonight so i’m going to ask him to join me if he may and i’d like to read the official ucla medal commendation Lynn Henry Kleinrock as a professor researcher and innovator your hard work and imagination led you to the mathematical theory of packet networks and help create the technology underpinning the internet in more than 250 insightful papers and six books on the subject such as packet switching networks broadband networks performance evaluation peer-to-peer networks and more you have helped provide the intellectual foundation for the modern technical age you’ve transformed your UCLA laboratory into historical landmark when your host computer became the first node what was to become the internet and where you directed transmission of the first message this is an incredible honor for ucla this is unbelievable yes this gives me a high every time i say that right the UCLA community has benefited from the intellectual leadership you’ve demonstrated as a professor of computer science and is chair of the computer science department you’ve been a role model and a mentor to students and have supervised the research of dozens of graduate students who’ve gone on to become some of the world’s most distinguished advanced networking experts as the internet has grown in scope and influence you have been a voice of conscience urging us to consider the ethical implications of how we use the technology your creativity ingenuity and conviction that technology must serve the public good represents the best of UCLA’s mission of research education and service for these reasons we are proud to bestow upon you the UCLA medal given at UCLA this 21st day of February 2020. congratulations so all that is written on the back of this metal thank you so much it’s an enormous honor

and thank you Chancellor Block Dean Murthy the computer science department and all my friends and colleagues here it’s a special kind of award to receive it in a place that you consider your own country because we all know that philosophers are never considered philosophers in their own country so I want to thank you for making that recognition it’s especially meaningful to have the place where I live to offer a recognition like this and it’s you know when you grow up you spend most of your time trying to please your family you know your mother your father they’re gone you’re my family and I great take great uh pleasure in having this honor in front of you uh it’s very meaningful to me uh before I go into my commentary I want to point out that we have in the audience two other easily medals of honor winners Maya and Luskin and Jonathan Jonathan Fielding right over there so i’m junior to these gentlemen and ladies so i i’d like to address not some of the technology or some of the impact you said it so well i don’t want to repeat that i want to talk about uh how i got from the streets of new york to the chancellor’s residence and focus on two components the environment in which which i confronted and lived in and met and the culture that surrounded those environments and how they basically forged the way i work and think and have come to where i am now in terms of the environment i want to talk about the extraordinary education opportunities and learning opportunities that i’ve encountered along the way in terms of cultures it’s a diverse and unique set of cultures that have helped form the way i think and help me move along basically it’s been a privilege to inhabit those cultures so you heard about my being born in a place called new york city race getting raised in new york city in the streets of new york city which many of you have had not in new york but your own difficult upbringing you learn to deal with adversity excitement anything you want is out there in the street including the gangs and you learn to take take care of yourself basically makes you aware that there are challenges you’re going to face and you have to learn how to deal with it and not just be passive and expect people and events to be in your favor necessarily as you pointed out chancellor I enjoyed games and gadgets and puzzles and sports and electronics driven by the curiosity and the challenge of trying to deal with those wonderful exciting items so elementary school as a kid before elementary school I was a wild kid they wouldn’t allow me into stores they’d throw my mother and me out I’d break things but when I got to elementary school this was a structured environment where they expected you to behave and if you didn’t you got you got told about it uh it was an amazing place with really brilliant kids the environment of coming to a structured place where they expected you to do well and behave and learn with other people was a complete turnaround for me and uh I’m still reeling from that toward the end of uh elementary school i joined the boy scouts why not because i wanted to be spider-man or superman i want to be tarzan i wanted to get out into the jungle shoot up become an indian american indian shoot arrows chop wood swim canoe and the concrete jungle of new york doesn’t offer those opportunities so the boy scouts did so i joined the boy scouts and i very much appreciate it not did i learn all those exciting things i learned about teamwork cooperation discipline leadership even though the boy scouts in serious trouble right now the leadership training you get

in enviro and counting that kind of culture that kind of environment again put me in a different dimension of how i thought one should behave and grow then drunk science what did i meet there a bunch of wild-haired budding scientists it was a place of crazies uh special kind of crazies uh reaching to become scientists of all of all sorts it’s a culture if you will i would characterize that culture culture of exploration trying to understand where one’s going and then it came time to go to college and the only place i could go was ccny which happened to be the best college in america at the time it was called the poor man’s harvard and it was and i was set to go but as you heard i i had to go to night school because i had to bring money into the house so who goes to night school for five and a half years to get a degree would you get four and a half years in the daytime well crazies dropouts poor highly motivated kids and the gi is coming back from world war ii now imagine being immersed in that kind of a culture that instead of going to a an ivy league school which is pure and clean and structured you know what to expect you don’t have you have no idea what to expect when you go to a place like that and that enriched culture was again part of what helped forge my view on life because at night i got the theoretical teachings from the professors those professors were working in the daytime bringing their practical experience to the classroom and i was working in an electronic small electronics firm in downtown new york as a technician then as an assistant engineer designing building deploying maintaining things so i had the wonderful mix which fit the way i grew up of the theoretical the understanding but the intuition and the practical side and that that mix has basically formed the way i do my research work with my students and think about engineering science and technology toward the end of ccny i was going to go to graduate school and I heard that someone from MIT was coming by to describe a wonderful scholarship and this person came by in the afternoon I attended a lecture and he described this fantastic scholarship with pay tuition room and board a salary moving expect the whole shebang and he said if you want to get an application see the electrical engineering professor in the back of the room when I’ve finished so afterward I went up to this professor and I asked him for an application he says I don’t recognize you he was an electoral engineering professor and I was a double e student I said oh well you wouldn’t recognize me I go to evening session he said evening session get the hell out of here I voted away for an application I got accepted uh I remember this guy’s name and it’s it I won’t tell you what it is but it suited his personality privately I’ll tell you individually later so there I am going to MIT now MIT as you know Ellie is a scary place it’s got a big dome and it’s got brilliant kids from all over the world highly focused creative kids and faculty and a lot is expected of you so on my first exam on the course which separates the men from the boys I got a 50. I hadn’t seen anything south of 92 in my whole life 50 and I realized I was doing something wrong so I recognized what it was I changed my study habits I put the effort in I got an A in the course but my point is it was a wake-up call and as you know there are two ways to respond to a wake-up call one is to run the other is to fight back and the message to the young faculty here and to your children and your grandchildren that’s the way they approach life so i decided to get a master’s degree and then when i was done i was already married i got married in college and i already had a son and they said you got to get a phd i said i don’t want a phd i i need a job you know they say gotta get it so okay i said if i’m gonna do that i’m gonna invest four years i had two conditions i’m going to work for the best professor i know at mit whose name was claude shannon some of you will recognize the name um some may not but this he was a giant of a man who basically initiated the digital revolution we have today so it started to work for him and i said also whatever i do i want it to have impact i don’t want to work on a small problem i don’t want to waste my time on that and all my classmates were working on what i considered small problems and those problems were really very hard i said i want to find something nobody’s worked on before because it’ll be easy

you know you can pick the things you want and something i will have impact and so i was surrounded by computers at mit and i realized sooner or later gonna have to talk to each other so i decided to um to do that it would have impact it was unmined it was new and i had an approach so i worked on that and i did as the chancellor said worked on the mathematical theory of data networks so that was very interesting but i learned from claude shannon how to think about research how to learn how to do research and how to teach others how to do research and his principles were amazing first of all this guy a brilliant mathematician was also a tinkerer he could juggle he would ride down the holes in a unicycle he’d walk into his office in one hand he’d have a differential gear the other hand a swiss army knife and a busy opening damn thing so he had the ability to think about a problem solve it understand what was the implications of what he had done to generalize it and adapt it to the real world in a very meaningful way that’s something our engineers today don’t necessarily have and i think we have to enforce that and some of that’s happening now where they get in their hands dirty with the making machines and the arduinos and the raspberry pi’s and all i think that’s really very important so done with my phd ready to take a job at mit lincoln lab doing research but they said look why don’t you look around the world and see what other opportunities there are they insisted on people doing that net result is ucla offered me a job now ucla was all the way across the country in the wild west and that’s what it was in those days uh my family was back east they were offering me a salary half the salary i could get at mit and doing something i hadn’t done but it looked interesting so i went to the folks at lincoln lab and i said look i have this dilemma i want to work here but there’s this they said try it if you don’t like it come back how generous we in industry should offer our young people that opportunity so they can make a choice that’s meaningful to them so i came out here and this was an amazing place it’s an amazing place i found colleagues students challenges it was a culture of growth collegiality and teaching and working with young students it couldn’t have been a better environment i mean being a professor and we have plenty of them here we have too much fun the job is almost perfect you don’t have a boss you have a boss you’re not a boss you think he’s a boss now boss no no no no no no we do the research we want we choose the students we want we pretty much choose the classes we want we work as hard as we want or not and they actually pay us we’re having too much fun so it’s uh it couldn’t be more ideal it’s prestigious it’s you travel it goes on and on and on so i loved it here and in fact that uh the teaching and research side of it has been basically the world springs in my life that’s where i get my real gratification and teaching young people working with them and producing results and then understanding them now there’s another aspect that happened you heard that opera darpa decided to build a network and we got involved with it and there was again an infusion of a culture there which was magnificent unique almost never heard of opera would go to a great scientist and say we know you’re great here’s a pile of money you’re going to have it for a long time go do something shoot for the moon high impact high risk high payoff failure’s okay just keep working and we’re not gonna bother you i mean you can’t miss right now what does a faculty member do when they get that kind of money what are you going to do with it but you got your graduate students you treat them the same way say look here’s a problem needs to be solved go do it failure’s okay but try hard think out of the box if you want help i’ll give it to you we’re not going to get in your way and that era that was a golden era in the in the in the 60s and the 70s where enormous results came out of that community across the united states the internet time sharing graphics ai machine learning technology just went on and on was a wonderful wonderful environment unfortunately well out of that we coined the phrase phrase of five words it says and it’s a guideline delegate authority to trusted parties it’s a wonderful motto if you think about it every word is important

except the word too okay it’s it’s very meaningful and that’s that’s a principle that we try to um employ in in our work unfortunately that philosophy deteriorated in the years beyond and the funding profile changed dramatically they would give a little bit of money in a highly competitive environment for a short period of time where failure was not acceptable and where you had to do it in a on a schedule and they were going to watch you so it did take down our research productivity across the country happily it’s coming back now to that philosophy that that’s the way to do it we’re beginning to see that in the funding agencies thank god but that that’s basically the secret of all the wonders you see today that culture of permission and freedom and flexibility and as you said the trust the collaboration the openness the sharing was key and i think that’s that’s the strongest thing i want to say today is that kind of approach is where you get the real rewards the payoffs now along the way i met my wife stella my second wife this wonderful woman and she is an inspiration she’s beautiful she’s brilliant and she’s a no-nonsense partner for life in every sense of the word uh as an example when we lived in a certain place she met the then mayor Richard Riordan and she got to know him and I knew him a little bit and one day down at the convention center in the mid-90s he was introducing me as a speaker for very large thousands of people audience and he went through the usual cv and at the end he said but the best thing about Lenny is Stella and that’s the truth my hat’s off to you Stella and wawan family, of course, the children in my life have been enormously important i didn’t spend enough time with them and i regret that and from children you get something called dividends they’re called grandchildren and i have one of my grandchildren right here rosa who we’ve had the pleasure of growing up with her we can relive that early wonderful experience but she’s going to go off to college one of these days and to come back come back magnificent and all the rest of my family so along the way 40 years ago i decided to think about my early roots and i said i want to get back to the ability to protect myself in the streets of new york so i took up martial arts japanese martial arts shotakon karate and the reason i’m mentioning that here because when you go there you’re no longer the boss you obey what goes on in that dojo in the gym when sensei says bow i bow when he says punch i punch and the the difference between it’s a yin yang i mean it it clears your mind it opens your ability up to uh to think hard and work independently again so i recommend mixed cultures of orthogonal cultures which don’t match the model you have so one comment about the internet culture the internet culture which you described so well chancellor it’s gone from a research network to a shopping mall it’s in the dark phrases and it’s up to all of us to do something about it and to demand accountability from the part of those who are abusing it and that’s a long agenda we talked a lot about that at the 50th anniversary some of you may heard it it’s uh it’s a challenge from where this thing called the internet has gone so the in order to help promote that we opened up a ucla connection lab a few months ago with that spirit open collaborative shared reach high reach beyond your grasp etc so from the streets of new york to the chancellor’s residence that’s the path but we have to the young people of today think most of it’s done it’s hard to push forward um and they can’t relate to people of that era so there’s a wonderful story i’d like to tell you it’s about this senior gentleman watching a

baseball game sitting in the bleachers and next to him is a young guy a millennial and uh every so often the young man takes a look at the old guy and finally he says excuse me sir i find i can’t relate to you we come from different worlds maybe you had television but you didn’t have the internet you didn’t have computers you didn’t have basically instagram you didn’t have social networks you didn’t have youtube i i can’t communicate with you so the elderly gentleman says you know son you’re right we didn’t have those things so we had to invent them what the hell are you going to do for the next generation so the point is there’s plenty to do and that message thank you very much Len you were wonderful chancellor you were wonderful it’s lovely to have a chancellor who’s a chancellor on the outside but an engineer on the inside so so good evening to all of you it’s lovely having you all here uh i wanted to say a few words uh in appreciation of len um you know it used to be said if you were you know stuck on a desert island uh the question you’d be asked is what books you books you’d bring with you what records you’d bring with you but lens changed the answer to that question now it’s a really simple answer after food after water after shelter the only thing that you’d really want is a fast wi-fi connection and and a phone that you can power of course and that’s it really your needs are very simple nowadays so i think in this university’s 100th anniversary i think a good case can be made that in our wonderful ucla community len has made the biggest impact for the most people for the greatest good it’s it’s really rare to find a scholar that truly connects both the north and the southern hemispheres of our campus certainly in the early parts of his decades-long career len is focused on the frontiers of networking and he’s won just about every major global award as well he should for his pioneering work but what makes the ucla medal truly special is that it honors a brilliant research service and teaching career that’s a lot more than the sum of its parts it’s not just connecting computers it’s really about connecting people and as len himself has often said after seeing his late mother start to use email right and it’s really that greater concept that we at ucla samuel lee take to heart we’re not just developing new technologies for the sake of making something new though that’s an important endeavor as well we’re not just educating students to be good engineers so that they can get a good job but of course they should get good jobs but rather we ask ourselves every day how can we engineer change for the greater good of society how can we empower our graduates so that they can do the same as they develop their careers and so len’s been an exemplar of all of those ideas about our school of course lens always had an eye for what technologies mean for society let me read you an excerpt from a july 1969 ucla press release titled ucla to become the first station in a nationwide computer network this is from 1969 and so here’s what len said as of now computer networks are in their infancy says dr len kleinrock but as they grow up and become more sophisticated we will probably see the spread of computer utilities which like electric and telephone utilities will service individual homes and offices around the country this is in 1969. now how amazing is that right how amazing is that prediction it would take many more decades of hard work repeated testing of the internet that all of us know as it came into being and a few more years went by before the arrival of uh instantaneous access from our cell phones that we’ve all come to expect to imagine that the same mathematical formulae that he designed as a graduate student would still underpin our planetary nervous system this is a truly amazing achievement and it’s really yeah

and it’s the internet of today that still motivates Len he’s moved beyond the technical aspects and instead really taken to his role as a senior statesman on keeping the internet true to its core values and those of its early developers yes there is a dark side to the internet as Len has so aptly put it and now the onus is really on all of us every one of us to protect the network and to protect the people using that network so we can continue to repeat its reap its benefits over the next century and well beyond that and so Len your contributions are immeasurable and awe-inspiring and on behalf of everyone at the school congratulations on receiving the UCLA medal it’s a great pleasure to follow dean murthy’s witty and insightful remarks but i wanted to give you a few more details of a little more of a lens on what len has done especially if you’re not a computer scientist so let me start by setting len’s work in perspective in the vast world of scholarship that embodies ucla how can we possibly compare a computer scientist with somebody in the humanities how can we compare an artist with an engineer well let me try and do this but i’ll try and do this by comparing him with two prior ucla medal award winners who are household names yo-yo ma and pluchito i i’m not sure i pronouncing i’m pronouncing this right domingo and although they’re both musicians and len is an engineer well one mark of notability is the encyclopedia of britannica’s biography pages which unlike brit which unlike wikipedia is curated by expert editors well ma is among 816 biographies chosen by britannica among musicians that range from coltrane to mozart domingo is about among 951 singers chosen from dillon to pavarotti by comparison kleinrock is among 118 computer scientists chosen from bill gates to alan turing his specific citation reads computer scientists who developed the mathematical theory behind packet switching and who sent the first message between two computers on a network that was a precursor of the internet the first message of course as the chancellor pointed out was sent in boulder hall and which in turn led to ucla being the birthplace of the internet but all three of these guys have received the highest honors in their respective fields in the united states domingo and ma received the presidential medal of freedom in 2002 and 2010 kleinrock received the 2007 medal of science which is the highest scientific honor in the us for his fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks and for the functional specification of packet switching which is the foundation of internet technology but at a more profound level each has created new worlds for the human spirit yoyoma has opened up musical vistas with the silk road project that some of you have heard of and domingo with operalia but plane rock helped catalyze the internet the internet has of course unlocked new dimensions of our experience from being the launch pad for democratic uprisings like the arab spring to discovering long-lost friends on facebook to instantly hailing a cab with uber but even better kleinrock is one of our own a professor who spent his entire career at ucla unlike domingo and mom more specifically kleinrock is associated with five specific achievements okay and the chancellor is not supposed to do this he’s not supposed to be this computer scientist but he did a great job so i’m going to uh to be very brief here and so i would say it’s the mathematical theory that underlies packet networks the first message but 50 phd students more than that and i’d like to talk a little bit about them the companies he has founded i’d like to talk to you about that and of course the 1988 nrc report which is the gore report okay so first his phd was revolutionary because it suggested taking messages and cutting them into little pieces called packets which could win their way in the network in different ways compared to the traditional method which was telephony which reserved resources along a single path second he continued developing the mathematical theory over 50 years at ucla with over 50 phd students in 250 papers incorporating as he went along new technologies like satellite and wireless his ucla students are a who’s who of the networking world including notable academics like stanford stubaji colombia’s yemeni austin’s lamb and our own ucla’s mario jurla

his three volume textbook queuing systems written at ucla trained generations of students worldwide i heard the arpanet node but the chancellor’s talked about it so i’ll skip that but fourth klein rock founded two very important companies that played a major part in the wireless revolution did you know that he was president and co-founder of link a bit corporation with with irving jacobs and andrew viterby and i suspect you’ve heard of them but they are the among the founders of of qualcomm and link a bit actually spun off directly or indirectly 75 companies including the behemoth qualcomm okay clearly fifth vice president al gore is given a great deal of credit for legislation the chancellor talked about it but it’s interesting to see britannica’s version which is not quite you what you would expect from a somewhat biased ucla report here is britannica i quote kleinrock shared a national research council committee that produced a report that called for a single high-speed network to connect the existing fragmentary computer networks al gore championed the report and in 1991 the high performance computing act also known as the gore bill was passed federal funding was made available for high-speed networks dramatically upgrading the country’s computing infrastructure so this is britannica so kleindrock’s 55-year career at ucla is stocked with service and strewn with honors len has served the world has he served ucla you bet he has he chaired the computer science department from 1991 to 1995. in 2018 he continued as an emeritus professor founding the ucla connection lab which just opened to research topics whose underlying principle is connectivity he won which i really like the ucla distinguished teaching award the ucla outstanding faculty member award and the ucla dixon emeritus professor award he’s a member of course of the national academy of engineering and the american academy of arts and sciences he has many honors including the national medal of science the erickson prize the nae draper prize the marconi prize and a paragraph more which i’ll skip all right i had a few more details and i decided to tear them up because the chancellor basically scooped me so i decided to end on a personal note so uh i was a bachelor’s student in india and i was struggling to find direction i wasn’t doing very well and uh my advisor had just come from ucla and uh he was indian his name was arun kumar and he told me you need to read this book and maybe you can try and do some research and was this book called queueing systems that len wrote and i began reading it and i was struck by the clarity and the energy of the ideas right and i began to work in cueing theory a little bit and i did some research in it and it seems to me the supremist irony that i’m standing here right now right uh going ahead and giving a little tribute additional tribute to len so len not just congratulations for all your great work but thank you on my own personal behalf when i think of the first time that the computer was installed in our bedroom i had no idea that it would become such a major influence in the world today the children were always kind of mystified as to why we had this machine sitting in our bedroom and they would have to explain it to their friends and len would tell them to say simply that he was teaching at ucla there was one time when i woke up in the middle of the night and you were waiting for the program to run through on the computer and so you decided to use that time to do your jumping jack exercises and you also wanted to listen to music while you were doing it and so i woke up to this three-ring circus in our bedroom it’s been very dramatic and for me quite surprising lynn you’ve been a treasured and enthusiastic member of the ucla faculty for 57 years and counting your extraordinary work that helped lay the foundation for today’s internet is a tremendous point of pride to our campus your work is such a gift to the world and you are a gift to all of us who know you congratulations thank you so much for being a great friend a great mentor my relationship with you and stella and the warm welcome each time i come to los angeles something that will be with me forever thank you for teaching me how to be a professor

and also i convey your spirits to my students in taiwan so your influence is also all over here in taiwan i’m so proud as one of your students congratulations to my good friend lynn finerock from the ucla medal after all i should congratulate him for everything the thing he invented got my kids to college bought my house created the company thank you you are so devoted to your youngest granddaughter rosa whom you dote on and can’t allow yourself to miss one event that she participates in len you’re an inspirational guy your wonderful beloved father and an amazing grandfather we congratulate you we celebrate you and we love you congratulations len on receiving the ucla medal your contributions to ucla are immeasurable but one thing i can say for sure is we are very proud to call ucla the birthplace of the internet i’d like to join the others in extending my warmest congratulations to long-term friend and colleague len kleinrock on this auspicious occasion of him receiving the coveted ucla medal congratulations len well deserved glenn you are a unique and special friend to me you are kind you are giving you’re considerate you’re compassionate you’re empathetic you’re courageous you have great morals and ethics you’re doting and loving grandpa and i love you beautiful congratulations from rini and myself congratulations professor kleinrach and congratulations to ucla for picking the exact right person to win an award like this i feel very fortunate to have you as a mentor a colleague and a friend congratulations again for this wonderful recognition our entire campus community has been made better by your intellectual rigor and leadership thank you and congratulations to lens claims this is the original imp not that poor excuse for a refrigerator that kleinrock keeps in his lab they tell me you’re brilliant but i’m not a scientist so i don’t know the whole world has both benefited and suffered from the invention let’s not forget about the opportunity for creating fake news and distorting truth in general also congratulations on helping destroy journalism as we know it newspapers as we know them all the small independent publications as we used to know them and print in general but lenny i’m concerned worried about one thing you’re sending all these packets up in the sky what’s going to happen when they start falling down what happens to all of these packets after their payloads have been delivered they get thrown out that’s what this is the next sodastraw eco disaster imagine all creatures big and small literally drowning in trillions of empty discarded packets it is truly terrifying this is how many packets have been discarded today alone i asked you what are you going to do about this klein rot packets schmacketts i say enough is enough we’re not gonna put up with this anymore congratulations on all your well-earned success len but i’m calling congress to get some decisive non-partisan actions to fix this packet mess you’ve created well the video says it all what a great that’s the best video I’ve seen at the residence the time we’ve been here that’s wonderful so again you know thank all of you for being here congratulations Len just phenomenal phenomenal accomplishments and we’re so proud of you so thank you all for being here and drive