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Picture of Vinton Cerf Cerf, Vint (born 1943)

Vinton Gray Cerf was co-designer of the mechanisms known as TCP/IP that enabled the Internet's capability to be used by

Cerf dreamt of becoming a scientist as a ten year-old boy in California, after being inspired by the book 'The Boy Scientist'. He studied computer science and worked as a programmer in the sixties and seventies with ARPA - the organisation that was already then laying the foundations of the Internet with the ARPANET.

Realising that the rules controlling how Internet traffic flowed were becoming fast outdated, Cerf dreamt up a new set of standards to replace it. He hooked up with Bob Kahn to develop the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and, a little later, the Internet Protocol (IP) as well.

The protocol freed up the amount of traffic the Internet could carry, and although it was intended strictly for serious pursuits, the new bandwidth opened the doors to all the content available today.

fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

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The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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