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Vinton G. Cerf

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Vinton G. Cerf

Award Received

Honorary Degree

Convocation Ceremony

Spring 2008 Convocation

Vinton G. Cerf is the public face for Google. As vice-president and chief Internet evangelist, he is responsible for identifying technologies that support the development of advanced Internet-based products and services for this popular search engine.

From 1976 – 1982, Cerf played a key role in leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies at the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Then, at MCI Digital Information Services, he led engineering of the first commercial e-mail service to be connected to the Internet and later led a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks.

In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were also named recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on Internet protocols.

Cerf is the recipient of numerous other awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology and the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union.

Cerf is chair of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995. In addition, he is honorary chair of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol; and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security.

Cerf is a member of many boards as well and a Fellow of the IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National Academy of Engineering.

In addition to being appointed as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet, Cerf has served as technical advisor to production for Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict and made a special guest appearance on an episode of the television series in May 1998.

The recipient of numerous honorary degrees from institutes around the world, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, 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.