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Gopher researcher on MPR's All Things Considered

Posted at 5:20 PM on April 3, 2007 by Jon Gordon

Tom Crann, host of the regional edition of All Things Considered on Minnesota Public Radio, interviews Mark McCahill today. McCahill is one of the academics who came up with Gopher. Remember Gopher?

In the interview, McCahill says the Gopher protocol began losing out to the Worldwide Web in 1993.

Internet Gopher was developed at the University of Minnesota. Mark McCahill was one of the researchers behind that, and he's even credited with coining the term "surfing the 'net." He also worked on an early e-mail client called POPmail.

After 27 years, Mark McCahill is leaving the U, to take a position at Duke University in North Carolina.

UPDATE: Julio Ojeda-Zapata has some great stuff on McCahill, including a 1996 profile by James Romenesko, on his YourTech blog.