Robert Kahn *64 wins Japan Prize for pioneering Internet work

By Hilary Parker
January 22, 2008

Robert Kahn has been named the recipient of the 2008 Japan Prize for Information Communication Theory and Technology. He and Vinton Cerf, a vice president of Google, shared the prize for creating a network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet. The prize, which is given in two fields each year, entails a cash award of 50 million yen, or around $470,000.

Kahn is president and CEO of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, a non-profit organization which he founded in 1986 after a 13-year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1964.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Kahn also is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer History Museum. He is a former member of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee, the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine and the President's Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure.