Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Vinton G.Cerf

Dr. Vinton G.Cerf

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    23 June 1943

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2008 Japan Prize

  • Field:
    Information Communication Theory and Technology
  • Achievement:
    Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet
  • Lecture:
    On the Road to the Internet

Major Honors and Awards

1991 ACM Software System Award (with Dr. Kahn)
1996 ACM SIGCOMM Award
1996 C&C Award
1997 U.S. National Medal of Technology (with Dr. Kahn)
1998 Marconi Award
2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize (with Dr. Kahn, L. Roberts, L. Kleinrock)
2002 Prince of Asturias Award (with Dr. Kahn, L. Kleinrock, L. Roberts, T. Berners-Lee)
2004 Turing Award (with Dr. Kahn)
2005 The Presidential Medal of Freedom (with Dr. Kahn)
2006 National Inventors Hall of Fame

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)

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.


  • Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.

Major Publications

  • 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.
  • V. G. Cerf, Multiprocessing, Semaphores and a Graph Model of Computation, Ph.D. Dissertation, Computer Science Department. University of California, Los Angeles, March 1972.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • V. G. Cerf and P. T. Kirstein, "Issues in Packet Network Interconnection," Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 66, No. 11, November1978, pp. 1386-1408.
  • V. G. Cerf, "Packet Communication Technology," Protocols and Techniques for Data Communication Networks, (F. F. Kuo, ed.), Prentice Hall, New York, 1980.
  • V. G. Cerf, "Networks," Scientific American, Vol 265, No 3, September 1991, p. 72.
  • V. G. Cerf (Ed.), National Collaboratories: Applying Information Technologies for Scientific Research, National Academy of Sciences, Computer Science Technology Board, 1993.
  • V. G. Cerf, "When They’re Everywhere," Beyond Calculation, Copernicus, Springer Verlag, 1997.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • V.G. Cerf, "Internet and the System of Justice", Washington Law Review, Vol. 79, No, 1,February, 2004, p. 25-30.
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