Vinton “Vint” Cerf is Vice President at Google and its Chief Internet Evangelist since 2005. He is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies that support the development of Google’s advanced internet-based products and services.
Known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” (with Bob Kahn), Cerf is co-inventor of the internet’s architecture and basic protocols. President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf (and colleague Robert E. Kahn) for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf are recipients of the ACM Alan M.Turing Award (2004), often called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.”
President George Bush awarded Cerf (and colleague Bob Kahn) the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cerf and Kahn also received the prestigious Japan Prize. Cerf was chairman of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and founding president of the Internet Society. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, which helps speed the introduction of the new Internet protocol.
Vint Cerf has received many awards (selected list): Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Medal of Science (Tunisia). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and past president of the ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, plus the Computer History Museum, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is now also a Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society. (Earlier, People magazine named Cerf one year among its “25 Most Intriguing People.”)
Cerf holds a B. S. in Mathematics (Stanford), M. S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science (UCLA). He holds 20 honorary degrees, and with Bob Kahn, received the Queen Elizabeth II Prize in Engineering (the “Engineering Nobel”).