Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Vinton G.Cerf

2008 (24th) Japan Prize Laureate

Information Communication Theory and Technology
Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet
Commemorative Lecture
On the Road to the Internet
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: June 23 1943
Academic Degrees:
1965 B.S. , Mathematics, Stanford University
1970 M.S. , Computer Science, University of California, Los Angels (UCLA)
1972 Ph.D. , Computer Science, UCLA
Professional Career:
1965-1967 IBM
1972-1976 Assistant Professor, Stanford University
1976-1982 DARPA (U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)
1982-1986 Vice President, MCI
1986-1994 VP, Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)
1994-2005 Senior Vice President, MCI
2005-present Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.
Title: Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.
Major Publications:
  1. C.S. Carr, S.D. Crocker, V.G. Cerf, HOST-HOST Communication Protocol in the ARPA Network, AFIPS Conference Proceedings, 1970 Spring Joint Computer Conference, vol. 36, pp. 589-597, May 1970.
  2. V. G. Cerf, Multiprocessing, Semaphores and a Graph Model of Computation, Ph.D. Dissertation, Computer Science Department. University of California, Los Angeles, March 1972.
  3. V. G. Cerf and R. E. Kahn, "A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication," IEEE Transactions on Communication, Vol. COM-22, No. 5, May 1974, pp. 637-648. Reprinted in Computer Networking, edited by Blanc and Cotton, IEEE Press, 1976, pp. 95-106.
  4. V. G. Cerf, D. D. Cowan, R. C. Mullin, and R. G. Stanton, "A Lower Bound on Average Path Length in Regular Graphs," Networks, Vol. 4, 1974, pp. 335-342.
  5. V. G. Cerf and P. T. Kirstein, "Issues in Packet Network Interconnection," Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 66, No. 11, November1978, pp. 1386-1408.
  6. V. G. Cerf, "Packet Communication Technology," Protocols and Techniques for Data Communication Networks, (F. F. Kuo, ed.), Prentice Hall, New York, 1980.
  7. V. G. Cerf, "Networks," Scientific American, Vol 265, No 3, September 1991, p. 72.
  8. V. G. Cerf (Ed.), National Collaboratories: Applying Information Technologies for Scientific Research, National Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Technology Board, 1993.
  9. V. G. Cerf, "When They’re Everywhere," Beyond Calculation, Copernicus, Springer Verlag, 1997.
  10. Michael Pelcovits and Vinton G Cerf, "Economics of the Internet," Emerging Telecommunications Networks, The International Handbook of Telecommunications Economics, Volume II, (Gary Madden, ed.), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 2003, p. 27-54.
  11. Scott Burleigh, Vinton Cerf, Robert Durst, Kevin Fall, Adrian Hooke, Keith Scott, Howard Weiss, "The Interplanetary Internet: A Communications Infrastructure for Mars Exploration" American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Published by Elsevier Science Ltd., 2003.
  12. V.G. Cerf, "Internet and the System of Justice", Washington Law Review, Vol. 79, No, 1,February, 2004, p. 25-30.
Major Honors and Awards:
  • ACM Software System Award (with Dr. Kahn) (1991)
  • ACM SIGCOMM Award (1996)
  • C&C Award (1996)
  • U.S. National Medal of Technology (with Dr. Kahn) (1997)
  • Marconi Award (1998)
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize (with Dr. Kahn, L. Roberts, L. Kleinrock) (2001)
  • Prince of Asturias Award (with Dr. Kahn, L. Kleinrock, L. Roberts, T. Berners-Lee) (2002)
  • Turing Award (with Dr. Kahn) (2004)
  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom (with Dr. Kahn) (2005)
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006)
Memberships and Fellowships:
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AAAS)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Fellow, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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