Vinton G. Cerf


Vinton G. Cerf Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
B.S., Stanford University
M.S., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


Vinton G. Cerf is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He contributes to global policy development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.   He has served in executive positions at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University.

Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007 and has been a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1998. Cerf served as founding president of the Internet Society (ISOC) from 1992-1995.  Cerf is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, International Engineering Consortium, Computer History Museum, British Computer Society, and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He currently serves as Past President of the ACM, chairman of the American Registry for Internet Numbers, chairman of StopBadWare, and recently completed his term as chairman of the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology for the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Tunisian National Medal of Science, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, Officer of the Legion d’Honneur and 24 honorary degrees.  In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."

His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett. 

Cerf was appointed to the National Science Board in 2012.