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Vinton G. Cerf

Vinton G. Cerf

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vint is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Vint served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000 to 2007 and has been a visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. He was founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992 to 1995. Vint is a fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, International Engineering Consortium, Computer History Museum, British Computer Society, Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Vint currently serves as president of the Association for Computing Machinery, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), chairman of StopBadWare, and recently completed his term as chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. President Obama appointed him to the National Science Board in 2012.

Vint is a recipient of numerous commendations, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Tunisian National Medal of Science, Japan Prize, Charles Stark Draper award, ACM Turing Award, and 21 honorary degrees. In December 1994, People magazine identified Vint as one of the year’s “25 Most Intriguing People.”

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking, and science fiction. Vint and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.

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