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Vint Cerf

Vint CerfAKA Vinton Gray Cerf

Born: 23-Jun-1943
Birthplace: New Haven, CT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Scientist, Computer Programmer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Designed Internet's TCP-IP protocol

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. In the late 1980s Cerf was the lead engineer in designing MCI Mail, the first service to transmit email over the internet -- a crucial project, since it was one of the first uses of the internet to have profit potential for business, instead of merely adding cost to what was then largely a government-funded project. As a boy he was fascinated by the science fiction of Ray Bradbury and Hal Clement, and he has worn hearing aids since childhood. He is a cousin of Random House founder Bennett Cerf.

Father: (d. 23-Jun-1971)
Brother: David
Brother: Douglas (d.)
Wife: Sigrid (m. Sep-1966)
Son: David
Son: Bennett

    High School: Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys, CA (1961)
    University: BS Mathematics, Stanford University (1965)
    Scholar: Computer Programming, UCLA (1967-72)
    University: MS Computer Science, UCLA (1970)
    University: PhD Computer Science, UCLA (1972)
    Teacher: Computer Science, Stanford University (1972-76)

    Google VP and Chief Internet Evangelist (2005-)
    WorldCom Senior VP for Internet Architecture and Technology (1998-2002)
    MCI Senior VP Internet Architecture (1994-2005)
    Corporation for National Research Initiatives VP (1986-94)
    MCI VP of MCI Digital Information Services (1982-86)
    US Defense Department DARPA (1976-82)
    IBM Systems Engineer (1965-67)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Association for Computing Machinery Fellow
    ICANN Board of Directors
    IEEE Fellow (1988)
    International Engineering Consortium
    Internet Society Co-Founder (1992)
    Internet Society President (1992-95)
    Electronic Privacy Information Center Advisory Board
    World Technology Network
    The Gallup Organization Senior Scientist
    National Academy of Engineering
    National Institute of Standards and Technology
    EFF Pioneer Award 1993
    National Medal of Technology and Innovation 1997
    Library of Congress Living Legend 2000
    Charles Stark Draper Prize 2001
    Turing Award 2004
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 9-Nov-2005
    National Inventors Hall of Fame 2006
    Japan Prize 2008
    French-Canadian Ancestry Maternal
    Risk Factors: Deafness

    BBS: The Documentary (24-May-2005) · Himself

Author of books:
A Practical View of Computer Communications Protocols (1978, non-fiction; with John M. McQuillan)

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