ACM A.M. Turing Award
United States – 2004
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For pioneering work on internetworking, including the design and implementation of the Internet's basic communications protocols, TCP/IP, and for inspired leadership in networking.


Vinton G. Cerf and Robert E. Kahn led the design and implementation of the Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) that are the basis for current internetworking. They formulated fundamental design principles of networking, specified TCP/IP to meet these requirements, prototyped TCP/IP, and coordinated several early TCP/IP implementations. Since then, they have continued to provide leadership in the networking research community and in the emerging industries of internetworking and telecommunications.

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ACM Fellows
United States – 2001
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For leadership in the design of the Internet, strategic computing, digital libraries, digital object infrastructure and digital intellectual property protection technology.

Software System Award
United States – 1991
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Vinton G. Cerf, Robert E. Kahn

For their vision and leadership in the design, implementation, evolution, and dissemination of the TCP/IP Computer Communication Protocol Suite.

ACM Presidential Award
United States – 1985
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For his outstanding leadership and contributions to computer science that have provided major advances in the computing field.

During his tenure at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense, Dr. Kahn provided strong and imaginative leadership for one of the most wide-ranging and important research programs in computer science, computer-communications, and artificial intelligence. In the past two years, Dr. Kahn was instrumental in the establishment of the Strategic Computing Initiative, a DoD program that has far-reaching implications in the development of future generations of information technology.