Robert Taylor, innovator who shaped modern computing, passed away last Thursday at his home in Woodside, California.

In 1966, then the director of the Information Processing Techniques Office of that Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), Mr. Taylor proposed the development of a single computer network to connect different agency projects.  He pitched the idea to Charlie Herzfeld, the head of ARPA, who gave Taylor a million dollars to make it happen. This work led to the Arpanet, largely recognized as the forerunner to the Internet we have today.