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Dr. Vinton Cerf

Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society



Dr. Cerf is widely considered the "Father of the Internet" and co-designer of the TCP/IP protocol, the computer language that gave birth to the Internet. 

  • December, 1997, presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology, along with Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet by President Clinton
  • Vice-President - Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), prior to rejoining MCI in 1994.
  • 1982-1986: Vice-President. - MCI Digital Information Services; led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet.
  • 1976-1982: U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies.
  • Founding President of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, currently serving as the chairman of the Board.
  • Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
  • People magazine's "25 Most Intriguing People of 1994."

Recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, the premier award in communications science and technology; the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf; the NEC Computer and Communications Prize; the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union; and the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.

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