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Board Member Bob Kahn Among First Winners of Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

Bob Kahn, chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, and an NVTC Board Member, is among five pioneering engineers honored with the inaugural $1.5 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Kahn shares the award with Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andreessen, who have all been credited for helping to create the Internet and the World Wide Web.

The award was announced on Monday, March 18 at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which administers the prize. The winners, who share the £1 million (approximately $1.5 million) award, will go to London in June for the formal presentation of the prize by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

“These five visionary engineers, never before honored together as a group, led the key developments that shaped the Internet and Web as a coherent system and brought them into public use,” said Lord Broers, Chair of the Judging Panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

According to a press release released by the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, “Robert Kahn and Vinton Cerf invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet protocol (IP) which together make up the fundamental architecture at the heart of the internet and triggered innovations, including the World Wide Web, which now enable a third of the world’s population (over 2.4 billion people) to use the internet.”

Kahn and Cerf, along with Pouzin, “made seminal contributions to the design and protocols that together make up the fundamental architecture at the heart of the Internet. “

For more information on the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and its winners, click here.