Vinton and Sigrid Cerf

10 05 2009

In March I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Dr. Vinton Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, for the cover and feature article in the May/June 2009 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, which I also design and produce for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). Dr. Cerf is a hearing aid wearer and Sigrid is a binaural cochlear implant recipient. Sigrid and I just happen share the same wonderful otolaryngologist—Dr. John Niparko of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. Cerf will be the keynote speaker at HLAA’s annual convention, June 18-21, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Cerfs were interviewed by HLAA member and freelance writer, Barbara Liss Chertok. Chertok is a former speechreading/lipreading teacher and serves on the board of the American Hearing Research Foundation.

If Cerf’s name isn’t familiar to you, his work certainly should be. He is a computer scientist who is the person most often called the “father of the internet.” He is the co-designer with Robert E. Kahn of the TCP/IP protocols and the basic architecture of the Internet. In 1997, they were presented with the National Medal of Technology by President Bill Clinton, “for creating and sustaining development of Internet Protocols and continuing to provide leadership in the emerging industry of Internetworking.” In 2005, they were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed in the U.S., by President George W. Bush, for their contributions to the creation of the Internet. They were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. Cerf is currently vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google. Read more about Dr. Cerf here.

Download the full article from Hearing Loss Magazine in pdf format here.

Dr. Cerf is currently working on the Interplanetary Internet together with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It will be a new standard to communicate from planet to planet, using radio/laser communications that are highly tolerant to signal degradation. Click here to listen to Dr. Cerf’s speculations on the Internet’s future.

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