ESnet’s John Paul Jones Caps 33-Year Career at National Labs


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John Jones in his signature blue beret.

Soon after John Paul Jones moved from Idaho to California in 1983, he and his wife visited the Berkeley Hat Company, where he bought a royal blue beret. Since then, during his 33+ years at Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley national labs, the flat blue hat has become part of Jones’ persona.

But when he retires from ESnet at the end of June 2017, Jones said he may also think about hanging up that hat. Around the house, he said, he usually wears his blue and gold Golden State Warriors cap.

In 1995, the Department of Energy made the decision to move ESnet and NERSC from Livermore to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Jones knew people who were part of the ESnet team at Livermore and it piqued his interest when ESnet’s then-manager Jim Leighton called him in to talk about joining the group.

“He unrolled this big network map and showed it to me,” Jones recalled. “I said, ‘What!? Oh yeah – I am definitely in!’”

When ESnet made the move in 1996, Jones joined the group that configured, installed, maintained and did troubleshooting on the routers that powered the national network.

Read more about JP’s life and career.