9.8.05 - Internet pioneer Vinton (Vint) Cerf, a member of Calit2's Advisory Board, has taken on one new title: Chief Internet Evangelist at Google Inc.
The technologist is widely known as a "founding father" of the Internet, after he co-designed the TCP/IP protocols that were used to develop the Internet's underlying architecture. With Robert Kahn, he recently received the ACM's A.M. Turing Award, considered "the Nobel Prize for computing," for his achievements in computer networking.
Cerf will continue his leadership in the Internet community, including his advisory role with Calit2, as well as his chairmanship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
At Google, Cerf will help the company build network infrastructure, architectures, systems, and standards for the next generation of Internet applications. "Vint Cerf is clearly one of the great technology leaders of our time," says Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "His vision for technology helped create entire industries that have transformed many parts of our lives."
Cerf joins Google from MCI, where he led technology advancements since 1982, with a break to return to research at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives from 1986 to 1994. On his return to MCI in 1994, he helped to put MCI on the Internet map.
Google's Chief Internet Evangelist will also continue working on the Interplanetary Network, a project of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, which aims to extend the Internet into outer space for planet-to-planet communications. "Google has always believed in doing things differently, and I believe that places us in a unique position to help bring even the wildest Internet visions into reality," says Google CEO Schmidt. "This medium will enjoy wider-spread use than television, radio or phones, and will ultimately expand beyond planet Earth."
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets.