Alan Emtage

Alan Emtage—Inventor of the First Internet Search Engine

Do you remember Archie, the world’s first internet search engine? It was created by Alan Emtage, and many of the features search engines we use today are based on techniques derived from Archie.

Emtage, who was born in Barbados, also served as chairman of several groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force, including the one that established standards for URLs.

He has also served on advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Online Computer Library Center. He is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he invented Archie, and was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2017.

Citations & further reading:

Internethalloffame.org and https://mcgillnews.mcgill.ca/s/1762/news/interior.aspx?sid=1762&gid=2&pgid=1768