Radia Perlman, Intel fellow
“If you’re in the middle of the forest and you wonder the origin of this weird word or who started WWI, you can just look it up,” said Intel fellow Radia Perlman. “That’s kind of astonishing.”
Perlman, who holds more than 100 patents, is largely known as the software designer and network engineer who invented spanning-tree protocol, the heart of Ethernet.
“I’m constantly marveling at things that can’t possibly work but do,” she said. “Internet search is one of them. If 15 years ago someone said to me, 'I have an idea for a company that will crawl through the Internet and help people search for things and I’ll make it free,' I would have said, 'What a stupid idea.'”