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Vinton G. Cerf

(Term expires March 31, 2013)

Vinton Cerf
Credit: Google/Weinberg-Clark

Vinton G. Cerf has served as Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. Cerf also served at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and as a member of the Stanford University Faculty.

Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-inventor of the architecture and basic protocols of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M.Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.

Cerf served as chairman of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (CANN) from 2000-2007and as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf also served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry boards and committees focused on cyber-security and other topics.

Cerf has received numerous other awards and commendations, nationally and internationally, in connection with his work on the Internet, including the Marconi Fellowship, the Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Medal of Science from Tunisia. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, the ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.

In December, 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He has received twenty honorary degrees.