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Vint Cerf
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person (Vinton G. Cerf) The co-inventor with Bob Kahn of
the Internet and its base protocol, TCP/IP. Like JonPostel, he was crucial in the development of many
higher-level protocols, and has written several dozen RFCs
since the late 1960s.
Vinton Cerf is senior vice president of Internet Architecture
and Technology for MCI WorldCom. His team of architects and
engineers design advanced Internet frameworks for delivering a
combination of data, information, voice and video services for
business and consumer use.
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.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the
Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice
president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986,
he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial
e-mail service to be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of
played a key role leading the development of Internet and
Internet-related data packet and security technologies.
Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society
from 1992-1995 and is currently chairman of the Board. Cerf
is a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology
Advisory Committee (PITAC) and the Advisory Committee for
Telecommunications (ACT) in Ireland.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in
connection with his work on the Internet. In December 1994,
People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most
Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of MCI and the Internet,
Cerf serves as technical advisor to production for "Gene
Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict," the number one
television show in first-run syndication. He also made a
special guest appearance in May 1998. Cerf also holds an
appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an
interplanetary Internet.
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 Doctorate
degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of
the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College and Gettysburg