Friday 10 July, 2020

Father of Internet Search Engine among 10 for UWI honorary degree

Alan Emtage, the Bajan man called the Father of the Internet Search Engine, will be bestowed with an honorary degree from UWI. He was the first Caribbean person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame

Alan Emtage, the Bajan man called the Father of the Internet Search Engine, will be bestowed with an honorary degree from UWI. He was the first Caribbean person to be inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame

A Barbadian inventor, dubbed the Father of the Internet Search Engine, is among ten Caribbean people who will receive honorary degrees from the University of the West Indies.

Alan Emtage, the first Barbadian and Caribbean person inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, will receive an honorary degree along with Bajan calypsonian Stedson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire, Trinidadians Maxine Williams, Pelham Goddard, Ewart Williams and Professor Emeritus Harold Ramkissoon, Jamaicans Patrick A. A. Hylton, Thalia Lyn, Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor as well as Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The honorary degrees will be bestowed during the 2019 graduation ceremonies at The University of the West Indies.

A release from The UWI said the honourees, approved by the University Council, are recognised for making significant contributions to the region and the wider world in their respective fields of expertise, including the Arts, Business, Religion and the Sciences.

They join a select group of some 500 persons conferred UWI honorary degrees since 1965 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother received The UWI’s first honorary degree (DLitt). This prestigious tradition has seen honorary graduands recognised annually since then.

Emtage conceived and implemented the first version of Archie – the world’s first internet search engine. The concept pioneered many of the techniques used by modern public search engines leading directly to today’s Google, Yahoo, and Bing. 

in 1992, together with Peter J. Deutsch, he founded Bunyip Information Systems Inc., the world’s first company dedicated to providing internet information services. Bunyip went on to distribute a licensed commercial version of the Archie search engine.

A founding member of the Internet Society, Emtage has chaired several working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), including one which established the standard for Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). He has lectured on Internet Information Systems and served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Online Computer Library Center. He has been a partner and Chief Technical Officer at Mediapolis, Inc. a small web development firm in New York since 1998.

The 2019 honorary graduands and degrees to be conferred are:

Cave Hill Campus

  • Ms. Maxine Williams of Trinidad and Tobago for Leadership – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Mr. Stedson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire of Barbados for his work as an Entertainer – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Mr. Alan Emtage of Barbados for Scientific Invention – Doctor of Science (DSc)

Mona Campus

  • Mr. Patrick A. A. Hylton of Jamaica for his contribution the field of Finance – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Mrs. Thalia Lyn of Jamaica for Entrepreneurship – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Reverend Dr. Burchell Taylor of Jamaica for Theology – Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Open Campus

  • Sir S. W. Tapley Seaton of Saint Kitts and Nevis for Public Service – Doctor of Laws (LLD)

St. Augustine Campus

  • Mr. Ewart Williams of Trinidad and Tobago for Leadership and his service to the region – Doctor of Laws (LLD)
  • Mr. Pelham Goddard of Trinidad and Tobago for his work in music production and entertainment – Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
  • Professor Emeritus Harold Ramkissoon of Trinidad and Tobago for his work as a Mathematician and his contribution to the development of Science and Technology in the Caribbean and beyond – Doctor of Science (DSc)

 

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