VINT CERF

Father of the Internet

Vint Cerf is an American internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet," sharing this title with American engineer Bob Kahn. In the early days, Cerf was a manager for the United States Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) funding various groups to develop TCP/IP technology. When the Internet began to transition to a commercial opportunity during the late 1980s, Cerf moved to MCI where he was instrumental in the development of the first commercial email system (MCI Mail) connected to the Internet. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that include the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Marconi Prize and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.