Awarded: April 2000
(b. June 23, 1943)
Widely known as the “Father of the Internet,” Vinton Cerf is the codesigner of the TCP/IP protocol, the computer language that gave birth to the Internet and which is commonly used today. 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. In 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.” He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. He is currently the senior vice president of Internet Architecture and Technology for MCI WorldCom.