Vint Cerf

American computer scientist (born 1943)

Vinton Gray "Vint" Cerf[1] (/ˈsɜːrf/; born June 23, 1943) is an American internet pioneer. He is thought of as one of[5] "the fathers of the Internet", sharing this title with American engineer Bob Kahn.[6][7]

Vint Cerf
Vinton Cerf in 2017
Vinton Gray Cerf

(1943-06-23) June 23, 1943 (age 80)
Alma materStanford University (B.S.)
UCLA (M.S. & Ph.D.)
Known forTCP/IP
Internet Society
AwardsIEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1997)
National Medal of Technology (1997)
Marconi Prize (1998)
Prince of Asturias Award (2002)
Turing Award (2004)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2005)
Japan Prize (2008)
Harold Pender Award (2010)
Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (2013)
Scientific career
InstitutionsIBM,[1] UCLA,[1] Stanford University,[1] DARPA,[1] MCI,[1][2] CNRI,[1] Google[3]
ThesisMultiprocessors, Semaphores, and a Graph Model of Computation (1972)
Doctoral advisorGerald Estrin[4]

In March 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, Cerf had tested positive for COVID-19.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Cerf's curriculum vitae as of February 2001, attached to a transcript of his testimony that month before the United States House Energy Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, from ICANN's website
  2. Gore Deserves Internet Credit, Some Say, a March 1999 Washington Post article
  3. Cerf's up at Google, from the Google Press Center
  4. Cerf, Vinton (1972). Multiprocessors, Semaphores, and a Graph Model of Computation (PhD thesis). University of California, Los Angeles.
  5. As a child, Vint cerf enjoyed watching cartoons such as Bob the builder, SpongeBob and even the simpsons
  6. "ACM Turing Award, list of recipients". Archived from the original on December 12, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  7. "IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal". July 7, 2009. Retrieved December 2, 2011.
  8. Charlie Wood. "Vint Cerf, who helped create the internet, has the coronavirus". Business Insider. Retrieved March 31, 2020.

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