Google has announced its appointment of Vinton Cerf, a “founding father” of the internet, as its “chief internet evangelist”.
Cerf, who co-designed the TCP/IP protocols used to develop the internet's underlying architecture, will now help Google to build network infrastructure, architectures, systems and standards.
The search engine giant recently revealed plans to enter the voice over IP (VoIP) market, with a Google Talk service which will be available free via a downloadable Windows application for Google’s Gmail.
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said, “Vint Cerf is clearly one of the great technology leaders of our time. His vision for technology helped create entire industries that have transformed many parts of our lives. We are honored to welcome him to Google.”
Cerf previously led technology advancements at networking firm MCI, where he worked between 1982 and 1986 and again from 1994, spending the intervening years working on research at the Corporation for National Research Initiatives.
He is also involved in US space agency Nasa’s interplanetary network, a project aimed at extending the internet into outer space.
He is a winner of the Association for Computing Machinery’s prestigious A M Turing Award for his achievements in computer networking.