IFIP TC6 is sad to announces the death of Harry Rudin.

Harry was involved in TC6 since the end of the 1980s and finally became an Expert Member of TC6, focusing on communication systems and related fields. He attended many IFIP TC6 meetings until he formerly retired in 2019, in order to focus more on his family and his hobbies.

Harry was an Editor Emeritus of Computer Networks, a ScienceDirect journal by Elsevier, which is an international, archival journal providing a publication vehicle for coverage of topics relating to computer communications networking. He supported the work of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) for years as a special editor and acted as Elsevier’s Computer Networks Editor-in-Chief for Special Issues.

TC6 Chair, Burkhard Stiller, said Harry was highly respected for his work in the technical committee. “His brilliant analytical skills, his dedicated appointment to quality and his very open mind with very friendly conversations, addressing concerns, problems, challenges and constructive discussions will remain for many of us as a commemoration,” he said.

Harry Rudin worked at IBM Research Zurich for many years and retired from there. While in that role, he published many articles including, A survey of light-weight transport protocols for high-speed networks (IEEE Transactions on Communications, 1990) and, An informal overview of formal protocol specification (IEEE Communications Magazine 1985).

His hobbies included flying airplanes and woodwork, in which he showed a carpenter’s style of dedication to perfectionism.