Inventors are inspirational. Bob Kahn is an inventor and electrical engineer. He, with Vint Cerf, invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP). These are the fundamental protocols that are at the crux of the internet.
Robert Elliot Kahn was born on December 23, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended City College of New York and earned a B.E.E. in electrical engineering in 1960. He then attended Princeton University and earned a masters in 1962 and a Ph.D. in 1964. He went to work at the Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) of the Defense Research Projects Agency. In 1972, he showed how 20 different computers could be connected at the International Computer Communication Conference. He became director of IPTO and started the United States government’s Strategic Computing Initiative. In 1973, he began working with Virt Cerf and they made an early version of TCP. Later came IP and both protocols are the basis for the Internet. After leaving DARPA, Kahn founded the Corporation for National Research Initiatives in 1986. He became the Chairmen, CEO, and President.
He married Patrice Ann Lyons. He has received many awards. The first notable award was the Marconi Prize in 1994. Awards continued to come his way, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize in 2008, and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering in 2013. He has, also, received multiple honorary degrees in the United States and abroad.
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