Vinton Cerf is an American computer scientist who is called 'The father of the Internet'. His contributions have been recognized repeatedly, with honorary degrees, and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Turing Award, which is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." He and Robert Kahn were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006.
In 1992 he founded the Internet Society (ISOC), which is intended to both promote the views of ordinary users of the Internet, and also serve as an umbrella body for the technical groups developing the Internet. He served as the first chair of the Internet Society, and relinquished that position in 1999.
During 1997, Cerf joined the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University, the first school of higher learning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Later he received an award from the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Vint Cerf was the co-designer with Robert E. Kahn of the transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP), first tested in 1977, which still provides the packet-switching backbone for the internet. This protocol allowed ARPA to connect various independent networks together to form one large network of networks-the Internet.
When the Internet began to transition to a commercial opportunity, Cerf moved to MCI where he was instrumental in the development of the first commercial email system (MCI Mail) connected to the Internet.
Now Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. He has become well known for his predictions on how technology will affect future society, encompassing such areas as artificial intelligence, environmentalism, the advent of IPv6 and the transformation of the television industry and its delivery model. He will also be an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
When Cerf graduated from Stanford in 1965 where he majored in mathematics, he went to work for IBM (1965-1967) as a systems engineer.
Soon he left IBM to attend graduate school at UCLA where he earned his master's degree in 1970 and his PhD degree in 1972. During his graduate student years, he worked in Professor Leonard Kleinrock's data packet networking group that connected the first two nodes of the ARPANet, the predecessor to the Internet, and "contributed to a host-to-host protocol" for the ARPANet. While at UCLA, he also met Robert E. Kahn, who was working on the ARPANet hardware architecture.
After receiving his doctorate, Cerf became an assistant professor at Stanford University from 1972-1976, where he "conducted research on packet network interconnection protocols and co-designed the DoD TCP/IP protocol suite with Kahn.
Cerf then moved to DARPA in 1976, where he stayed until 1982.
Later Cerf was the lead engineer and later a vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986. Then he worked at Corporation for National Research Initiatives VP (1986-94). Cerf rejoined MCI during 1994 and served as Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy to 2005. Also he worked at WorldCom Senior VP for Internet Architecture and Technology (1998-2002)
Cerf joined the board of the (ICANN) in 1999, and served until the end of 2007. Cerf has worked for Google as its Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist since September 2005.
He was born on June 23, 1943 in New Haven, but grew up in Los Angeles. Cerf did very well in school and showed a strong aptitude for math. Already at this time he began to develop an interest in computers. Also he was fascinated by the science fiction of Ray Bradbury and Hal Clement.
He with his wife Sigrid (m. Sep-1966) and two sons David and Bennett currently reside in Virginia.