Vint Cerf life and biography

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Vint Cerf biography

Date of birth : 1943-06-23
Date of death : -
Birthplace : New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Science and Technology
Last modified : 2011-08-18
Credited as : Computer scientist, Bob Kahn, TCP/IP

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Vint Cerf is an American computer scientist, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with American computer scientist Bob Kahn.

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.


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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 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
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Risk Factors: Deafness

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