Google's Chief Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf Recipient of 2016 IRI Medal

Cerf recognized for groundbreaking work in Internet standardization and advocacy

Orlando, FL (May 25, 2016)—Recognizing the significant achievements of individual innovators is a core mission of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). In honor of those individuals who have contributed greatly to the advancement of science, industry, and society, the organization presents the IRI Medal. In recognition for his pioneering contributions to the development of the Internet, including co-design of TCP/IP communication language and packet network interconnection protocols; his guidance in innovation strategy development in government and industry, including DARPA, MCI, and Google; his leadership in education; and, his efforts to use the Internet to deliver humanitarian good, IRI awarded Google’s VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Vinton G. Cerf, with the 2016 IRI Medal.

“One cannot overstate the effect of the internet. In fact, to say that nothing has been as impactful in our lifetimes is simply stating the obvious. The potential for human advancement on a truly global scale that the internet brings is due in large part to the work of Vinton Cerf and his colleagues,” said Ed Bernstein, IRI President. “The opportunity to recognize an individual who has made such an impact on our way of life is a great honor for us at IRI.”

Cerf has served as VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since 2005. In this role, he contributes to global policy development and the continued standardization and spread of the Internet. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf worked for the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 1972 to 1982 when he and his partner, Robert E. Kahn, and a host of others created the underlying protocols and architecture that would be used to the present day in the vast worldwide network of the web. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. Cerf and Khan also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom award and a large host of other awards and accolades for their decades of technical work.

The award ceremony for Dr. Cerf was held yesterday at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida, during IRI’s Annual Meeting.

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