Vint Cerf

VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced Internet-based products and services from Google. Vint also served at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and the US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and as a member of the Stanford University faculty.

Widely known as one of the "fathers of the Internet," Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Bill Clinton presented the US National Medal of Technology to Vint and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In November 2005, President George W. Bush awarded Vint and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Vint served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000 to 2007. From 1992 to 1995, he was founding president of the Internet Society; he served a term as chairman of the board in 1999. Vint is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. He served as a member of the US Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and currently serves on several national, state, and industry boards and committees focused on cyber-security.

Vint has received numerous awards and commendations, nationally and internationally, in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Medal of Science from Tunisia. He sits on the board of directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education and the Broadband for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Corp., among others. He also serves as first vice president and treasurer of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. Vint is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.

Vint was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society of the IEEE in 2009. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Webby Award. In February 2011 he was named a Stanford Engineering School "Hero" for his work on the Internet. In December 1994, People magazine identified Vint as one of the year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

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