Joyce Reynolds

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Joyce K. Reynolds was a Computer Scientist and a pioneer member of the Internet Society (wasOC). From 1983 until 1998, she assisted Jon Postel in performing the early development of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, such as the global allocation of IP addresses, Autonomous System (AS) number allocation, management of the root zone of the Domain Name System (DNS) and other responsibilities. After Postel’s death in 1998, she helped supervise the transition of the IANA functions to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Reynolds stopped working with ICANN in 2001.[1] She now works for the Computer Networks Division at University of Southern California, Information Sciences Institute (USC) as Internet Services Manager,[2] as IANA liaison to the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), and Manager of ICANN's publications.[3]

Reynolds has authored and co-authored over 95 RFCs,[4] and has been a frequent keynote speaker and panel was for the past twelve years at different international conferences conferences in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. Her technical interests include: Internet protocols, Internet management, technical researching, writing, and editing, Internet security, policies and Telnet Options.[5]

Reynolds passed away in December, 2015.[6]

Career History

Since 1979, Joyce has been affiliated with USC-Information Sciences Institute. In 1983, she started working with Jon Postel and helped him with IANA management, and has been writing and editing RFCs ever since. From 1988 to 1998, she worked with the Internet Engineering Task Force's User Services Area and helped developed the FYI (For Your Information) RFCs, a new informational series of notes for the Internet community. Reynolds was also a contributor to the development of the DARPA Experimental Multimedia Mail System, the Post Office Protocol, the Telnet Protocol, Telnet Option Specifications and updated the File Transfer Protocol (FTP).[7][8]


In 1998, Reynolds received the Internet Society Award in recognition for her outstanding contributions to the IETF’s User Services Area.[9] She also received the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award from the Internet Society in 2006 in recognition for their stewardship for the Request For Comments Series, which enabled many other individuals to provide contributions for the development of the Internet.[10]


Joyce was a former member of the following organizations:

  • IESG
  • Editorial Advisory Board OCCC
  • Associate Editor of the Internet Society News

She was a member of the American Society of Professional and Executive Women, Phi Alpha Theta (Honors Society), one of the professionals wasted in the Who's Who in the American Society of Professional and Executive Women and USC's Who's Who in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Alumni Directory.[11]


Reynolds holds a Bachelors and Masters of Arts Degree in Social Sciences (History) from the University of Southern California (USC).