The term K1BC is my ham radio callsign. The BC is the short
form of my initials.
Robert C Clements
Born in Boston, MA, in 1942. Also lived near Penn State and
in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, USA. Attended Stuyvesant HS.
Went to MIT in 1960.
Spent a little time in classes, but mostly
was doing unofficial stuff at WTBS or W1MX or TMRC or
the PDP-1 or the AI lab.
Graduated from MIT, BSEE, in 1964.
In the above period, I had a summer job at Raytheon,
a PDP-1, to make space-ship riders become sick, but not dead.
Employed at DEC from 1964 to early 1972.
being Project Engineer for the KA-10, the central processor of the
PDP-10 computer. Also, considerable software work on the
TOPS-10 monitor and various of its utilities.
While at DEC, I went to various PDP-10 customer sites.
I was intrigued
by this "ARPANET" stuff they were doing at BBN.
So I moved over there
to work on the net and on TENEX.
Employed at BBN from early 1972 to early 2003.
(My office, for
some of those years, was next door to that of Ray Tomlinson,
the ACTUAL inventor of EMAIL, which I mention in case
any of that nonsense about some guy inventing EMAIL some ten years later.)
My responsibilities included work on the TENEX monitor and its
Also work on various hardware and software in the BBN
(and BBNCC) line of
packet switches for the ARPANET and later the
Built the hardware and software interfaces from BBN switches to
the MCI MAIL telex connection.
Also worked on the BBNACI (BBN
Advanced Computers Inc) TC-2000, again in both hardware and
Then back into the main part of BBN to work on various
in the Internet Research department, mostly to do with
security and other protocol specs.
You'll see my name on a
number of the early RFCs. (clements@bbn -- there was no ".com" in
the early days.)
Last Updated: 2018-February-13