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List of Internet pioneers

Instead of a single "inventor", the Internet was developed by many people over many years. The following are some Internet pioneers who contributed to its early development. These include early theoretical foundations, specifying original protocols, and expansion beyond a research tool to wide deployment.


  • The pioneers 1
    • Claude Shannon 1.1
    • Vannevar Bush 1.2
    • Paul Baran 1.3
    • Donald Davies 1.4
    • J. C. R. Licklider 1.5
    • Charles M. Herzfeld 1.6
    • Bob Taylor 1.7
    • Douglas Engelbart 1.8
    • Larry Roberts 1.9
    • Leonard Kleinrock 1.10
    • Louis Pouzin 1.11
    • John Klensin 1.12
    • Bob Kahn 1.13
    • Vint Cerf 1.14
    • Steve Crocker 1.15
    • Jon Postel 1.16
    • Jake Feinler 1.17
    • Peter Kirstein 1.18
    • Danny Cohen 1.19
    • Paul Mockapetris 1.20
    • Joyce Reynolds 1.21
    • David Clark 1.22
    • Dave Mills 1.23
    • Radia Perlman 1.24
    • Dennis M. Jennings 1.25
    • Steve Wolff 1.26
    • Van Jacobson 1.27
    • Ted Nelson 1.28
    • Tim Berners-Lee 1.29
    • Mark P. McCahill 1.30
    • Robert Cailliau 1.31
    • Marc Andreessen 1.32
    • Eric Bina 1.33
  • Birth of the Internet plaque 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
    • Oral histories 5.1

The pioneers

Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon (1916–2001) called the "father of modern information theory", published "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" in 1948. His paper gave a formal way of studying communication channels. It established fundamental limits on the efficiency of communication over noisy channels, and presented the challenge of finding families of codes to achieve capacity.[1]

Vannevar Bush

Vannevar Bush (1890–1974) helped to establish a partnership between U.S. military, university research, and independent think tanks. He was appointed Chairman of the National Defense Research Committee in 1940 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, appointed Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development in 1941, and from 1946 to 1947, he served as chairman of the Joint Research and Development Board. Out of this would come DARPA, which in turn would lead to the ARPANET Project.[2] His July 1945 Atlantic Monthly article "As We May Think" proposed Memex, a theoretical proto-hypertext computer system in which an individual compresses and stores all of their books, records, and communications, which is then mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.[3]

Paul Baran

Paul Baran (1926–2011) developed the field of redundant distributed networks while conducting research at RAND Corporation starting in 1959 when Baran began investigating the development of survivable communication networks. This led to a series of papers titled "On Distributed communications"[4] that in 1964 described a detailed architecture for a distributed survivable packet switched communications network.[2] In 2012, Baran was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Donald Davies

Donald Davies (1924–2000) coined the term "packet switching" at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom. Previously working independently, the "packet" terminology was adopted when the ARPANET was designed in 1967, and became the key concept of the Internet Protocol.[6] In 2012, Davies was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

J. C. R. Licklider

J. C. R. Licklider

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider (1915–1990) was a faculty member of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and researcher at Bolt, Beranek and Newman. He developed the idea of a universal network at the Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) of the United States Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).[2][7] He headed IPTO from 1962 to 1963, and again from 1974 to 1975. His 1960 paper "Man-Computer Symbiosis" envisions that mutually-interdependent, "living together", tightly-coupled human brains and computing machines would prove to complement each other's strengths.[8]

Charles M. Herzfeld

Charles M. Herzfeld (born 1925) is an American scientist and scientific manager, best known for his time as Director of DARPA, during which, among other things, he personally took the decision to authorize the creation of the ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet.

In 2012, Herzfeld was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Bob Taylor

Robert W. Taylor (born 1932) was director of ARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office from 1965 through 1969, where he convinced ARPA to fund a computer network. From 1970 to 1983, he managed the Computer Science Laboratory of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where technologies such as Ethernet and the Xerox Alto were developed.[9] He was the founder and manager of Digital Equipment Corporation's Systems Research Center until 1996.[10] The 1968 paper, "The Computer as a Communication Device", that he wrote together with J.C.R. Licklider starts out: "In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face."[11] And while their vision would take more than "a few years", the paper lays out the future of what the Internet would eventually become.

Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013) was an early researcher at the Stanford Research Institute. His Augmentation Research Center laboratory became the second node on the ARPANET in October 1969, and SRI became the early Network Information Center, which evolved into the domain name registry.[6]

Engelbart was a committed, vocal proponent of the development and use of computers and computer networks to help cope with the world’s increasingly urgent and complex problems.[12] He is best known for his work on the challenges of human–computer interaction, resulting in the invention of the computer mouse,[13] and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces.[14]

Larry Roberts

Lawrence G. "Larry" Roberts (born 1937) is an American computer scientist.[15] After earning his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT in 1963, Roberts continued to work at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory where in 1965 he connected Lincoln Lab's TX-2 computer to the SDC Q-32 computer in Santa Monica using packet-switching.[16] In 1966, he became the chief scientist in the ARPA Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO), where he led the development of the ARPANET. In 1973, he left ARPA to commercialize the nascent technology in the form of Telenet, the first data network utility, and served as its CEO from 1973 to 1980.[17] In 2012, Roberts was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Leonard Kleinrock

Leonard Kleinrock (born 1934) published his first paper on digital network communications, "Information Flow in Large Communication Nets", in 1961. After completing his Ph.D. thesis in 1962 which provided a fundamental theory of packet switching, he moved to UCLA. In 1969, a team at UCLA connected a computer to an Interface Message Processor, becoming the first node on ARPANET.[18] In 2012, Kleinrock was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Louis Pouzin

Louis Pouzin (born 1931) is a French computer scientist. He invented the datagram and designed an early packet communications network, CYCLADES.[19] His work was broadly used by Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, and others in the development of TCP/IP. In 1997, Pouzin received the ACM SIGCOMM Award for "pioneering work on connectionless packet communication".[20] Louis Pouzin was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French government on March 19, 2003. In 2012, Pouzin was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

John Klensin

John Klensin's involvement with Internet began in 1969, when he worked on the File Transfer Protocol.[21] Klensin was involved in the early procedural and definitional work for DNS administration and top-level domain definitions and was part of the committee that worked out the transition of DNS-related responsibilities between USC-ISI and what became ICANN.[22]

His career includes 30 years as a Principal Research Scientist at MIT, a stint as INFOODS Project Coordinator for the United Nations University, Distinguished Engineering Fellow at MCI WorldCom, and Internet Architecture Vice President at AT&T; he is now an independent consultant.[23] In 1992 Randy Bush and John Klensin created the Network Startup Resource Center,[24] helping dozens of countries to establish connections with FidoNet, UseNet, and when possible the Internet.

In 2003, he received an International Committee for Information Technology Standards Merit Award.[25] In 2007, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for contributions to networking standards and Internet applications.[26] In 2012, Klensin was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Bob Kahn

Bob Kahn

Robert E. "Bob" Kahn (born 1938) is an

  • Focuses on Kahn's role in the development of computer networking from 1967 through the early 1980s. Beginning with his work at Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), Kahn discusses his involvement as the ARPANET proposal was being written and then implemented, and his role in the public demonstration of the ARPANET. The interview continues into Kahn's involvement with networking when he moves to IPTO in 1972, where he was responsible for the administrative and technical evolution of the ARPANET, including programs in packet radio, the development of a new network protocol (TCP/IP), and the switch to TCP/IP to connect multiple networks.
  • Cerf describes his involvement with the ARPA network, and his relationships with Bolt Beranek and Newman, Robert Kahn, Lawrence Roberts, and the Network Working Group.
  • Baran describes his work at RAND, and discusses his interaction with the group at ARPA who were responsible for the later development of the ARPANET.
  • Kleinrock discusses his work on the ARPANET.
  • The interview focuses on Robert's work at the Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) at ARPA including discussion of ARPA and IPTO support of research in computer science, computer networks, and artificial intelligence, the ARPANET, the involvement of universities with ARPA and IPTO, J. C. R. Licklider, Ivan Sutherland, Steve Lukasik, Wesley Clark, as well as the development of computing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lincoln Laboratory.
  • Focuses on McCahill's work at the University of Minnesota where he led the team that created Gopher, the popular client/server software for organizing and sharing information on the Internet as well as his work on development of Pop Mail, Gopher VR, Forms Nirvana, the Electronic Grants Management System, and the University of Minnesota Portal.

Oral histories

  • Internet Hall of Fame, established by the Internet Society in April 2012.
  • RFC 1336: Who's Who in the Internet: Biographies of Internet Activities Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), and the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG) of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Members, G. Malkin, IETF, May 1992.
  • "Past IESG Members and IETF Chairs", IETF web site
  • "A Brief History of the Internet Advisory / Activities / Architecture Board" from the IAB web site includes historical lists of IAB Members, IAB Chairs, IAB Ex-Officio and Liaison Members (IETF Chairs), IRTF Chairs, RFC Editors, and much more historical information.
  • "Internet Pioneers", web pages at, a collaboration of the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • "Pioneers Gallery", from the Who Is Who in the Internet World (WiWiW) web site.
  • "The Greatest Internet Pioneers You Never Heard Of: The Story of Erwise and Four Finns Who Showed the Way to the Web Browser", Juha-Pekka Tikka, March 3, 2009, Xconomy web page.

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A plaque commemorating the "Birth of the Internet" was dedicated at a conference on the history and future of the internet on July 28, 2005 and is displayed at the Gates Computer Science Building, Stanford University.[114] The text printed and embossed in black into the brushed bronze surface of the plaque reads:[115]

Birth of the Internet plaque

Eric J. Bina (born 1964) is an American computer programmer. In 1993, together with Marc Andreessen, he authored the first version of Mosaic while working at NCSA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[104] Mosaic is famed as the first killer application that popularized the Internet. He is also a co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation.[113]

Eric Bina

Marc L. Andreessen (born 1971) is an American software engineer, entrepreneur, and investor. Working with Eric Bina while at NCSA, he co-authored Mosaic, the first widely used web browser. He is also co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation.[112]

Mark Andreessen

Marc Andreessen

Robert Cailliau (French: , born 1947), is a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist who, working with Tim Berners-Lee and Nicola Pellow at CERN, developed the World Wide Web.[111] In 2012 he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Robert Cailliau

Robert Cailliau

Mark P. McCahill (born 1956) is an American programmer and systems architect. While working at the University of Minnesota he led the development of the Gopher protocol (1991), the effective predecessor of the World Wide Web, and contributed to the development and popularization of a number of other Internet technologies from the 1980s.[108][109][110]

Mark P. McCahill

In 1994, Berners-Lee became one of only six members of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.[104] In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.[105] In April 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, based in Washington, D.C.[106][107] In 2012, Berners-Lee was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee (born 1955) is a Web Science Trust, and founder of the World Wide Web Foundation.[103]

The Web's historic logo designed by Robert Cailliau.

Tim Berners-Lee

Theodor Holm "Ted" Nelson (born 1937) is an American sociologist and philosopher. In 1960 he founded Project Xanadu with the goal of creating a computer network with a simple user interface. Project Xanadu was to be a worldwide electronic publishing system using hypertext linking that would have created a universal library.[97] In 1963 he coined the terms "hypertext" and "hypermedia". In 1974 he wrote and published two books in one, Computer Lib/Dream Machines,[98] that has been hailed as "the most important book in the history of new media."[99] Sadly, his grand ideas from the 1960s and 1970s never became completed projects.

Ted Nelson

Ted Nelson

For his work, Jacobson received the 2001 ACM SIGCOMM Award for Lifetime Achievement,[89] the 2003 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award,[92] and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006.[96] In 2012, Jacobson was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Van Jacobson is an American computer scientist, best known for his work on TCP/IP network performance and scaling.[89] His work redesigning TCP/IP's flow control algorithms (Jacobson's algorithm)[90][91] to better handle congestion is said to have saved the Internet from collapsing in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[92] He is also known for the TCP/IP Header Compression protocol described in RFC 1144: Compressing TCP/IP Headers for Low-Speed Serial Links, popularly known as Van Jacobson TCP/IP Header Compression. He is co-author of several widely used network diagnostic tools, including traceroute, tcpdump, and pathchar. He was a leader in the development of the multicast backbone (MBone) and the multimedia tools vic,[93] vat,[94] and wb.[95]

Van Jacobson in January 2006

Van Jacobson

In 2002 the Internet Society recognized Wolff with its Postel Award. When presenting the award, Internet Society (ISOC) President and CEO Lynn St.Amour said “…Steve helped transform the Internet from an activity that served the specific goals of the research community to a worldwide enterprise which has energized scholarship and commerce throughout the world.”[88] The Internet Society also recognized Wolff in 1994 for his courage and leadership in advancing the Internet.[88]

Stephen "Steve" Wolff participated in the development of ARPANET while working for the U.S. Army.[83] In 1986 he became Division Director for Networking and Communications Research and Infrastructure at the National Science Foundation (NSF) where he managed the development of NSFNET.[84] He also conceived the Gigabit Testbed, a joint NSF-DARPA project to prove the feasibility of IP networking at gigabit speeds.[85] His work at NSF transformed the fledgling internet from a narrowly focused U.S. government project into the modern Internet with scholarly and commercial interest for the entire world.[86] In 1994 he left NSF to join Cisco as a technical manager in Corporate Consulting Engineering.[83] In 2011 he became the CTO at Internet2.[87]

NSFNET logo, c. 1987

Steve Wolff

Jennings was also actively involved in the start-up of research networks in Europe (European Academic Research Network, EARN - President; EBONE - Board member) and Ireland (HEAnet - initial proposal and later Board member). He chaired the Board and General Assembly of the Council of European National Top Level Domain Registries (CENTR) from 1999 to early 2001 and was actively involved in the start-up of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He was a member of the ICANN Board from 2007 to 2010, serving as Vice-Chair in 2009-2010.[81] In April 2014 Jennings was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.[82]

  • that it would be a general-purpose research network, not limited to connection of the supercomputers;
  • it would act as the backbone for connection of regional networks at each supercomputing site; and
  • it would use the ARPANET's TCP/IP protocols.

Dennis M. Jennings is an Irish physicist, academic, Internet pioneer, and venture capitalist. In 1984, the National Science Foundation (NSF) began construction of several regional supercomputing centers to provide very high-speed computing resources for the US research community. In 1985 NSF hired Jennings to lead the establishment of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET) to link five of the super-computing centers to enable sharing of resources and information. Jennings made three critical decisions that shaped the subsequent development of NSFNET:[80]

Dennis M. Jennings

Radia Joy Perlman (born 1951) is the software designer and network engineer who developed the spanning-tree protocol which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges.[77] She also played an important role in the development of link-state routing protocols such as IS-IS (which had a significant influence on OSPF).[78] In 2010 she received the ACM SIGCOMM Award "for her fundamental contributions to the Internet routing and bridging protocols that we all use and take for granted every day."[79]

Radia Perlman

Radia Perlman

In 1999 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, and in 2002, as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). In 2008, Mills was elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In 2013 he received the IEEE Internet Award "For significant leadership and sustained contributions in the research, development, standardization, and deployment of quality time synchronization capabilities for the Internet."[76]

Mills was the chairman of the Gateway Algorithms and Data Structures Task Force (GADS) and the first chairman of the Internet Architecture Task Force.[70] He invented the Network Time Protocol (1981),[71][72] the DEC LSI-11 based fuzzball router that was used for the 56 kbit/s NSFNET (1985),[73] the Exterior Gateway Protocol (1984),[74] and inspired the author of ping (1983).[75] He is an emeritus professor at the University of Delaware.

David L. Mills (born 1938) is an American computer engineer.[67] Mills earned his PhD in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan in 1971. While at Michigan he worked on the ARPA sponsored Conversational Use of Computers (CONCOMP) project and developed DEC PDP-8 based hardware and software to allow terminals to be connected over phone lines to an IBM System/360 mainframe computer.[68][69]

Dave Mills

In 1990 Clark was awarded the ACM SIGCOMM Award "in recognition of his major contributions to Internet protocol and architecture."[61] In 1998 he received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal "for leadership and major contributions to the architecture of the Internet as a universal information medium".[62] In 2001 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for "his preeminent role in the development of computer communication and the Internet, including architecture, protocols, security, and telecommunications policy".[63] In 2001, he was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology in Telluride, Colorado,[64] and in 2011 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford "in recognition of his intellectual and institutional contributions to the advance of the Internet."[65]

David D. Clark (born 1944) is an American computer scientist.[60] During the period of tremendous growth and expansion of the Internet from 1981 to 1989, he acted as chief protocol architect in the development of the Internet, and chaired the Internet Activities Board, which later became the Internet Architecture Board. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

We reject: kings, presidents and voting.
We believe in: rough consensus and running code.
    -Dave Clark at IETF 24

David Clark

Joyce K. Reynolds of [56]

Joyce Reynolds

Mockapetris received the 1997 John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Award "Personal Achievement - Network Engineering" for DNS design and implementation, the 2003 IEEE Internet Award for his contributions to DNS, and the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of California, Irvine. In May 2005, he received the ACM Sigcomm lifetime award. In 2012, Mockapetris was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Paul V. Mockapetris (born 1948), while working with Jon Postel at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in 1983, proposed the Domain Name System (DNS) architecture.[53][54] He was IETF chair from 1994 to 1996.[55]

Paul Mockapetris

Cohen was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 for contributions to the advanced design, graphics, and real-time network protocols of computer systems[51] and as an IEEE Fellow in 2010 for contributions to protocols for packet switching in real-time applications.[52] In 1993 he received a United States Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award. And in 2012, Cohen was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Danny Cohen led several projects on real-time interactive applications over the ARPANet and the Internet starting in 1973.[48] After serving on the computer science faculty at Harvard University (1969–1973) and Caltech (1976), he joined the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at University of Southern California (USC). At ISI (1973–1993) he started many network related projects including, one to allow interactive, real-time speech over the ARPANet, packet-voice, packet-video, and Internet Concepts.[49] In 1981 he adapted his visual flight simulator to run over the ARPANet, the first application of packet switching networks to real-time applications. In 1993, he worked on Distributed Interactive Simulation through several projects funded by United States Department of Defense. He is probably best known for his 1980 paper "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace"[50] which adopted the terminology of endianness for computing.

Danny Cohen

Peter T. Kirstein (born 1933) is a British computer scientist and a leader in the international development of the Internet.[45] In 1973, he established one of the first two international nodes of the ARPANET.[46] In 1978 he co-authored "Issues in packet-network interconnection" with Vint Cerf, one of the early technical papers on the internet concept.[47] Starting in 1983 he chaired the International Collaboration Board, which involved six NATO countries, served on the Networking Panel of the NATO Science Committee (serving as chair in 2001), and on Advisory Committees for the Australian Research Council, the Canadian Department of Communications, the German GMD, and the Indian Education and Research Network (ERNET) Project. He leads the Silk Project, which provides satellite-based Internet access to the Newly Independent States in the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia. In 2012, Kirstein was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Peter Kirstein

Elizabeth J. "Jake" Feinler (born 1931) was a staff member of Doug Engelbart's Augmentation Research Center at SRI and PI for the Network Information Center (NIC) for the ARPANET and the Defense Data Network (DDN) from 1972 until 1989.[43][44] In 2012, Feinler was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Jake Feinler

Jake Feinler

The Internet Society's Postel Award is named in his honor, as is the Postel Center at Information Sciences Institute. His obituary was written by Vint Cerf and published as RFC 2468 in remembrance of Postel and his work. In 2012, Postel was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Jon Postel (1943–1998) was a researcher at the Information Sciences Institute. He was editor of all early Internet standards specifications, such as the Request for Comments (RFC) series. His beard and sandals made him "the most recognizable archetype of an Internet pioneer".[42]

Jon Postel

Jon Postel, c. 1994

For this work, Crocker was awarded the 2002 IEEE Internet Award "for leadership in creation of key elements in open evolution of Internet protocols". In 2012, Crocker was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.[5]

Crocker has been a program manager at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), a senior researcher at USC's Information Sciences Institute, founder and director of the Computer Science Laboratory at The Aerospace Corporation and a vice president at Trusted Information Systems. In 1994, Crocker was one of the founders and chief technology officer of CyberCash, Inc. He has also been an IETF security area director, a member of the Internet Architecture Board, chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Security and Stability Advisory Committee, a board member of the Internet Society and numerous other Internet-related volunteer positions. Crocker is chair of the board of ICANN.[41]

Steve Crocker (born 1944 in Pasadena, California) has worked in the ARPANET and Internet communities since their inception. As a UCLA graduate student in the 1960s, he helped create the ARPANET protocols which were the foundation for today's Internet.[38] He created the Request for Comments series,[39] authoring the very first RFC and many more.[40] He was instrumental in creating the ARPA "Network Working Group", the forerunner of the modern Internet Engineering Task Force.

Steve Crocker

Steve Crocker

He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1972. At UCLA he worked in Professor Leonard Kleinrock's networking group that connected the first two nodes of the ARPANET and contributed to the ARPANET host-to-host protocol. Cerf was an assistant professor at Stanford University from 1972–1976, where he conducted research on packet network interconnection protocols and co-designed the DoD TCP/IP protocol suite with Bob Kahn. He was a program manager for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from 1976 to 1982. Cerf was instrumental in the formation of both the Internet Society and Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992–1995 and in 1999 as Chairman of the Board and as ICANN Chairman from 2000 to 2007.[35] His many awards include the National Medal of Technology,[30] the Turing Award,[36] the Presidential Medal of Freedom,[37] and membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the Internet Society's Internet Hall of Fame.[5]

Vinton G. "Vint" Cerf (born 1943) is an American computer scientist. [30] He is recognized as one of "the fathers of the Internet",[31][32] sharing this title with Bob Kahn.[33][34]

Vint Cerf, September 2010

Vint Cerf


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