Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Robert E.Kahn

Dr. Robert E.Kahn

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    23 December 1938

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:
    The Evolving Internet Architecture

Major Honors and Awards

1985 ACM President Award
1986 AFIPS Harry Goode Memorial Award
1990 Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award
1991 ACM Software System Award (with Dr. Cerf)
1992 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award
1993 ACM SIGCOMM Award
1994 Marconi Award
1997 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
1997 U.S. National Medal of Technology (with Dr. Cerf)
2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize (with Dr. Cerf, L. Roberts, L. Kleinrock)
2002 Prince of Asturias Award (with Dr. Cerf, L. Kleinrock, L. Roberts, T. Berners-Lee)
2003 Digital ID World Award
2004 ACM Turing Award (with Dr. Cerf)
2005 C&C Award
2005 The Presidential Medal of Freedom (with Dr. Cerf)
2005 Townsend Harris Medal
2006 Inductee, National Inventors Hall of Fame

Memberships and Fellowships

Member, National Academy of Engineering
Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Member, New York Academy of Sciences
Member, Board of Directors, Qualcomm
Fellow, IEEE,
Fellow, ACM,
Fellow, AAAI
Honorary Fellow, University College London

Honorary Degrees

Princeton University
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
University of Maryland
University of Pavia, Italy
George Mason University
University of Central Florida
University of Pisa, Italy

Academic Degrees

1960 B.E.E., Electrical Engineering, City College of New York
1962 M.S., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University
1964 Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Princeton University

Professional Career

1960-1962 Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories, USA
1964-1966 Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1966-1972 Technical Staff, Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc.
1972-1979 Various Positions-Program Manager, Chief Scientist, Deputy Director, U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Information Processing Techniques Office (DARPA/IPTO)
1979-1985 Director, DARPA/IPTO (U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,Information Processing Technology Office)
1986-present Chairman, CEO & President of Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI))


  • Chairman, CEO & President of Corporation for National Research Initiatives

Major Publications

  • F.W. Heart, R.E. Kahn, S.M. Ornstein, W.R. Crowther, and D.C. Walden, The Interface Message Processor for the ARPA Computer Network. AFIPS Conference Proceedings, 1970 Spring Joint Computer Conference, vol. 36, pp. 551-567, May 1970.
  • V. Cerf and R. Kahn, A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication. IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol.22, issue 5, pp. 637-648, May 1974.
  • Robert E. Kahn and Vinton G. Cerf, The Digital Library Project: Volume 1:The World of Knowbots (DRAFT): An Open Architecture for a Digital Library System and a Plan for Its Development. Corporation for National Research Initiatives, March 1988.
  • H. Frank, R.E. Kahn, L. Kleinrock, Computer Communication Network Design Experience with Theory and Practice, AFIPS 1972 Spring Joint Computer Conference, Vol. 40, pp. 255-270.
  • R.E. Kahn, W.R. Crowther, Flow Central on a Resource Sharing Computer Network. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM/IEEE Symposium on Problems in the Optimization of Data Communications Systems, pp. 108-116, October, 1971.
  • Advances in Packet Radio Technology, IEEE Proceedings , Vol. 66, No. 11, pp. 1468-1496, Nov. 1978.
  • Robert Kahn and Robert Wilensky, A Framework for Distributed Digital Object Services, International Journal on Digital Libraries, Springer-Verlag, Volume 6, Number 2, pp. 115-123, April 2006 (First disseminated by the authors in May 1995 and reprinted by Springer in 2006)
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