Inventors are inspirational. Vint Cerf is an inventor, computer scientist, teacher, engineer, Internet Evangelist, author, and the vice-president of Google. He is seen as one of “the Fathers of the Internet”. He co-invented TCP/IP with Bob Kahn. He met Bob Kahn in 1973 when both were involved with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the United States government. In 1976, they began working together and produced TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol).
Vinton Grey Cerf was born on June 23, 1943 in New Haven, Connecticut. He went to Van Nuys High School in California were he met Jon Postel and Steve Crocker, who were also instrumental in the creation of the Internet. Cerf attended Stanford University and received his B.S. in mathematics. He then worked as a systems engineer at IBM. He left IBM to attend UCLA. He received his M.S. in 1970 and his hid PhD in 1972. He was an assistant professor at Stanford University from 1972 until 1976.
Cerf then went to DARPA where he stayed until 1982. He became vice president if MCI Digital Information where he spearheaded the first commercial email service, MCI Mail. In 1986, he went to work with Bob Kahn at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives. In 1992, Cerf and Kahn founded the Internet Society. This and other work, has kept Cerf involved with technology including future impacts, artificial intelligence, and environmentalism. Today, he is also working on Interplanetary Internet. He is involved with government policies and initiatives.
Vint Cerf married his wife Sigrid in 1966. They had two sons. He is a family man. Today, the family lives in Virginia. He and his wife enjoy gourmet cooking together.
Vint Cerf has received multiple honorary degrees. He has, also, received notable awards. Honorary degrees and awards have come from institutions in other countries, as well as, the United States. In 1997, he and Bob Kahn received the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton. They both received the Turing Award in 2004 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in 2005. Together they were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. Awards continue to be given. Be inspired! Have a bright day!