Vint CerfVinton G. Cerf
is commonly referred to as the "father of the Internet
". During his tenure from 1976
with the United States Department of Defense
's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA
), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies, including co-designing the TCP/IP protocol
. As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982
, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email
service to be connected to the Internet. In December 1997
, he was presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton
, along with his partner Robert E. Kahn
, for these accomplishments.
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 also holds honorary Doctorates from the University of the Balearic Islands, ETH in Switzerland, Capitol College and Gettysburg College.
He is the author of several RFCs, and founder of ISOC.