Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn are the duel 2024 Washington Awardees for their design of transmission control protocols / internet protocols (TCP/IP) for managing information packet addressing and forwarding to and from proper destinations (making sure they don't get lost). For this they are recognized as "fathers of the internet".
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf is vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He has served in executive positions at ICANN, the Internet Society, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. A former Stanford Professor and former member of the US National Science Board, he is also the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery and serves in advisory capacities at NIST, DOE, NSF, NRO and NASA. He is a member of both the US National Academies of Science and Engineering, the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and the Worshipful Company of Stationers.
Dr. Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, which he founded after a thirteen-year term at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Kahn served as Director of DARPA's Information Processing Techniques Office, where he initiated the United States' billion-dollar Strategic Computing Program, the largest computer research and development program ever undertaken by the federal government. Dr. Kahn is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AAAI, a Fellow of ACM and a Fellow of the Computer History Museum. He is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy and is Chair of the non-profit DONA Foundation based in Geneva.