currentDistinguished Service Award

CRA makes an award, usually annually, to a person who has made an outstanding service contribution to the computing research community. This award recognizes service in the areas of government affairs, professional societies, publications or conferences, and leadership that has a major impact on computing research.

2014Vinton G. Cerf

2014 Vinton G. Cerf Awardee President of ACM

Vint Cerf has served on a number of international committees and used his influence to guarantee a healthy development of the Internet. As ARPA program manager in the 70’s, he helped develop and promote the basic packet technology that enabled the Internet. In 1992, he co-founded the Internet Society helping to develop the best protocols and standards for the fast growing network. Cerf chaired the board of ICAAN (2000-2007) and currently chairs the board of ARIN, organizations that coordinate domain naming. He has been a major promoter of IPV6. Vint has served on PITAC, chaired the visiting committee on advanced technology for NIST and now sits on the National Science Board. Vint currently serves as president of the ACM and sits on several advisory boards.

The Internet was Vint’s baby and as a proud parent, Vint continued to work diligently to oversee its childhood and adolescence to go on to become the great network we have today.

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