Vinton G. Cerf
Vinton G. Cerf Draper Prize
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Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering
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Dr. Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of Internet architecture and technology for WorldCom. Dr. Cerf's 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. Dr. Cerf is the co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.

As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Dr. Cerf played a key role in the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet and security technologies. Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Dr. Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI).

Dr. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served as chairman of the board. He also served as founding chairman of the newly created Internet Societal Task Force that focuses on making the Internet accessible to everyone and analyzing international, national, and local policies surrounding Internet use. In addition, Dr. Cerf is honorary chairman of the newly formed IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Dr. Cerf has served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) since 1997. He currently serves as a principal for the Global Internet Project (GIP) and as a chairman of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

Vinton Cerf holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Stanford University and has a master's and a doctorate, both in computer science, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; and Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain. Born in 1943 in Connecticut, Dr. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, reside in Annandale, Va.

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  • 2001
  • Development of the Internet.