Laureates of the Japan Prize


Dr. Robert E.Kahn

2008 (24th) Japan Prize Laureate

Information Communication Theory and Technology
Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet
Commemorative Lecture
The Evolving Internet Architecture
Nationality: USA
Date of Birth: December 23 1938
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))
Title: Chairman, CEO & President of Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Major Publications:
  1. 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.
  2. V. Cerf and R. Kahn, A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication. IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol.22, issue 5, pp. 637-648, May 1974.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Advances in Packet Radio Technology, IEEE Proceedings , Vol. 66, No. 11, pp. 1468-1496, Nov. 1978.
  7. 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)
Major Honors and Awards:
  • ACM President Award (1985)
  • AFIPS Harry Goode Memorial Award (1986)
  • Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award (1990)
  • ACM Software System Award (with Dr. Cerf) (1991)
  • IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award (1992)
  • ACM SIGCOMM Award (1993)
  • Marconi Award (1994)
  • IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (1997)
  • U.S. National Medal of Technology (with Dr. Cerf) (1997)
  • Charles Stark Draper Prize (with Dr. Cerf, L. Roberts, L. Kleinrock) (2001)
  • Prince of Asturias Award (with Dr. Cerf, L. Kleinrock, L. Roberts, T. Berners-Lee) (2002)
  • Digital ID World Award (2003)
  • ACM Turing Award (with Dr. Cerf) (2004)
  • C&C Award (2005)
  • The Presidential Medal of Freedom (with Dr. Cerf) (2005)
  • Townsend Harris Medal (2005)
  • Inductee, National Inventors Hall of Fame (2006)
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

( At the time of receipt of the Prize )

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