Internet fathers honored with presidential medal

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 7:51 am

Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf, who developed the TCP/IP protocols used to transmit traffic across the Internet, next week will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civil award.

President George W. Bush announced the recipients on Thursday. The Net’s founders are two of several recipients of the award including such prominent figures as Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight-boxing champion and gold medalist at the 1960 Olympic Games, Carol Burnett, actress and comedian, and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve for the past 18 years.

Cerf and Kahn developed the TCP or transmission control protocol in 1973 for the US military while working for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA.

Source: News.com


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