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Vinton Cerf

American Father of the Internet (1943-)

Vinton Cerf is known as the “Father of the Internet.” He earned a B.S. at Stanford and Ph. D. at UCLA. In 1973, a group headed by Cerf and Bob Kahn at DARPA developed TCP/IP, the protocol that allows diverse computer networks to interconnect and communicate with each other. This protocol set the standard for data transmission on the Internet. In 1992, Cerf founded the Internet Society. He later worked with NASA to develop a wireless communications network that would move the Internet into outer space. He is the recipient of the U.S. National Medal of Technology.

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