Vint Cerf named BCS Distinguished Fellow

23 September 2011

Vint Cerf and Jim NortonVint Cerf has been made a distinguished fellow of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in recognition of his outstanding contribution and service to the advancement of computing.

Jim Norton, President, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, who presented the award, said: ‘We are delighted to bestow this award on Vint Cerf. He is a thoroughly outstanding individual who has made a major contribution to the profession and industry. Without Vint’s crucial contribution to the development of the Internet, our world today would be greatly impoverished.’

Receiving the award at the Institute’s annual dinner, Vint Cerf said: ‘I’m delighted to have been honoured and admire the fact that the Institute is reaching out to global IT professionals. It’s a real honour to be acknowledged alongside people who have done some great work in the UK.’

During his acceptance speech Vint also spoke about the importance of teaching students computing. Vint said: ‘Education has to be more than just how to use computers. Students need to learn how to create them as well.’

Vint recorded a video interview which is now available on In the interview he discusses whether the internet should be a human right, how social media has been embraced, the internet of things, the nature of privacy today and the need for an international discussion about new social norms needed to deal with this. He also talks about his current work: the interplanetary internet.

Vint Cerf biography

Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is widely known as one of the ‘Fathers of the Internet,’ having co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet.

Vint is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies and applications on the Internet and other platforms for the company. Previously he served at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, at DARPA and as a member of the Stanford University faculty.

Vint co-invented the architecture and basic protocols of the Internet. He has received the U.S. National Medal of Technology, ACM Turing award, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Japan Prize.

He served as chairman of the board of ICANN and as founding president of the Internet Society. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Vint holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA. He has received eighteen honorary degrees.

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