Raised in the Chicago area, Ed Krol went to the University of Illinois,
got a degree in computer science, and never left.
In 1985 Krol became part of a networking group at the University of
Illinois where he became the network manager at the time the National
Center for Supercomputer Applications was formed. It was there that he
managed the installation of the original NSFnet. During the same period,
he also wrote the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Internet" because he had
so much trouble getting information and was sick of telling the
same story to everyone.
In 1989 Krol opted to leave the fast lane and returned to pastoral life
on campus, where he remains to this day assistant director for Network
Information Services, Computing and Communications Service Office,
University of Illinois, Urbana. He also writes a monthly column
for Network World.
He has a wife and daughter (who is in the Hacker's Dictionary as the
toddler responsible for "Mollyguards"). In his spare time Krol is a pilot
and plays hockey.