Vinton Cerf

THEN: Computer scientist Vinton Cerf, who lead the development of the TCP/IP protocols and the Internet during his time with DARPA, just left MCI after engineering MCI Mail, the first commercial e-mail service connected to the Internet. He went to work for the Corporation for National Research Initiatives working on projects, such as digital libraries and knowbots.

NOW: Today, the decorated “father of the Internet” is vice president and chief Internet evangelist for leading search engine Google Inc., a post he has held since September 2005. He also is working on the Interplanetary Internet, together with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to develop a way to communicate from planet to planet using radio/laser communications.

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