Vinton Cerf, MCI senior vice president of Technology Strategy, will be the co-recipient of the 2004 A.M. Turing Award, with Robert Kahn, chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI).
The award for jointly developing TCP/IP, the common language that makes the Internet possible is presented by ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery.
This year marks the first time since its inception in 1966 that the ACM A.M. Turing Award, considered to be the "Nobel Prize for Computing," has recognized advancements in computer networking. ACM President David Patterson said the collaboration of Cerf and Kahn in defining the Internet architecture and its associated protocols represents a cornerstone of the information technology field.
"Their work has enabled the many rapid and accessible applications on the Internet that we rely on today, including email, the World Wide Web, Instant Messaging, Peer-to-Peer transfers, and a wide range of collaboration and conferencing tools. These developments have helped make IT a critical component across the industrial world," he said.
Cerf and Kahn share a number of awards, including the 1991 ACM Software System Award, the 2001 Charles Stark Draper Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the 2002 Prince of Asturias Award, the Marconi Fellowship and the 1997 National Medal of Technology presented by President Bill Clinton. They are both the recipients of numerous honorary degrees.
ACM will present the Turing Award at the annual ACM Awards Banquet on June 11, 2005, in San Francisco, CA. The Turing Award carries a US$100,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel Corporation.
The A.M. Turing Award was named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing, and who was a key contributor to the Allied cryptanalysis of the German Enigma cipher during World War II.