About Us | Lyman Chapin
Lyman Chapin has contributed to the development of technologies, standards, and governance structures for the Internet since 1977, and is widely recognized and respected as a leader in the networking industry and the Internet community. His broad experience and deep insight are invaluable to Interisle’s clients, who benefit from his ability to focus both a powerful intellect and the skills of a seasoned diplomat on problems ranging from network architecture and design to organizational dynamics and business strategy.
Mr. Chapin is a Fellow of the IEEE, and before co-founding Interisle was Chief Scientist at NextHop Technologies, an Internet routing software company. Before joining NextHop, he was Chief Scientist at BBN Technologies, the company that actually did invent the Internet in 1969. He has chaired the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication (SIGCOMM), and the ANSI and ISO standards groups responsible for Network and Transport layer standards, and was a founding trustee of the Internet Society and a Director of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Mr. Chapin is currently the chairman of ICANN’s Technical Review Panel, which is responsible for assessing the impact of new Domain Name System (DNS) registry services on the security and stability of the Internet, and the USA representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Communication Systems (TC6). He recently completed a six-year term as the USA representative to the NATO Science Committee's networking panel, which brought high-speed Internet access to the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the southern Caucasus.
Mr. Chapin was a principal architect of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model and protocols, and is the co-author of the seminal Open Systems Networking—TCP/IP and OSI, which is considered to be the definitive treatment of the emergence of modern Internet technology. He has written many other papers and articles over the past 30 years, including the original specification of the Internet standards process operated by the IETF.
Mr. Chapin holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Cornell University.