Vinton G. Cerf

ISC Patron

About Vint Cerf

In this role he will work with ISC Patrons Mary Robinson, former President of the Republic of Ireland, and Ismail Serageldin, Founder of the Library of Alexandria, to advance science and advocate for its role in responding to contemporary global challenges. Vint will participate in the Global Knowledge Dialogue which will take place in Muscat, Oman, on 12-13 October 2021, immediately following the ISC General Assembly.

Vint Cerf is one of the architects of the modern Internet, having co-designed the TCP/IP protocol which defines how computers communicate in a networked system. Since October 2005, he has served at Google, where he is now responsible for public sector business development for advanced, Internet-based products and services.

“Science and technology, and their potential to address crucial global challenges, have been transformed by the arrival of the Internet and by the digital revolution. Today, international scientific collaboration and the everyday practice of scientists would be unthinkable without the Internet. It is therefore highly fitting that Internet pioneer Vint Cerf is joining the ISC as a Patron, and I am delighted to announce his appointment,” said Daya Reddy, President of the ISC.

Cerf is a former member of the US National Science Board and current member of the National Academy of Engineering, the NASA Advisory Committee and the Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology for the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. He is also a Foreign Member of the UK Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS). He has received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Légion d’Honneur, the Franklin Medal, the Catalunya International Prize and 29 honorary degrees.

“I consider it an extraordinary honour to participate in the work of the International Science Council. At a time when science is most needed, cross-disciplinary collaboration is vital to our global economic and social well-being,” said Cerf.


About ISC Patrons

A Patron to the ISC is a prestigious title given to those who support science as a global public good, by dedicating their time to promote science and its potential to deliver knowledge which can inform transformative political and wider societal responses to contemporary global challenges.

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