Vint Cerf is one of the original pioneers of the Web. Cerf is the guy who developed the TCP/IP communications protocol that directs all packets of information from servers to users. He is also Google’s newest employee. Cerf joins the search giant as its “chief Internet evangelist” on October 3rd having defected from MCI Inc. where he served for 11 years as the Sr. Vice President of Technology Standards.
Cerf is Google’s highest profile employee, ever. He solidified his place in history back in the early 1970’s with the development of the Internet’s primary protocol. He will continue to work with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on a project aimed at an Internet connection for space flights, and will remain as chairperson of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
Calling his new position his “dream job”, some of Cerf’s comments might shine a light on what is happening in the deepest recesses of the Googleplex.
“What Google has really been doing is building an entirely new (computing) infrastructure and whenever you do that, it creates opportunities for new applications,” Cerf said in an interview with AP‘s Michael Liedtke.
Cerf is obviously pleased to be moving to Google, even though at age 62 he is almost twice as old as Google’s 32 year old co-founders. “I am 62 going on 12 anyway”, he says, “… as long as you bring ideas to the table, it doesn’t matter what else is going on.”