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Internet founders honoured

3 November 2003

Dr Vinton Cerf and Professor Robert Khan were awarded Honorary Fellowships of UCL at a special ceremony held on 18 November 2003, introduced by Professor Malcolm Grant, President & Provost of UCL.

It is now 30 years since UCL first helped pioneer the use of the internet in the UK by receiving the first international node of the Arpanet, the forerunner of the internet. Professor Kahn and Dr Cerf were instrumental in supporting the research which took place at UCL after the initial breakthrough was made, and which has helped put the university at the forefront of computer networking research.

The two engineers invented the Internet Protocol, which is the cornerstone of the internet, and have been widely honoured for their work, including being awarded the US National Medal of Technology for founding and developing the internet.

To find out more about the development of the internet follow the link below.

Link: The Arpanet