Internet Pioneers


Vint Cerf uses messaging app lettrs to seek the world’s vision of the future of the Internet

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2015 – Vint Cerf, a father of the Internet and Google executive, has reached out to the world on the multi-language messaging network lettrs™, inviting correspondence on the impact of the Internet and how it will continue to change our world. Click here to read Vint’s full letter.

Along with Vint Cerf, lettrs is also recognizing other technology pioneers with The Internet Pioneers Collection of SocialStamps. These stamps can be used openly and privately in lettrs and be shared across major social networks. Pioneers include Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak and inventor Robert Kahn.

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Vint Cerf is an American Internet pioneer, who is recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet.

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The Internet Pioneers Collection

“The Internet Pioneers Collection of SocialStamps recognizes the following indelible innovators who brought the Internet to the world, and in doing so, ushered the official start of the Information Age as we know it.” – lettrs CEO Drew Bartkiewicz

Vinton Cerf

Recognized as one of “the fathers of the Internet”, Vint Cerf shares this title with American engineer Bob Kahn and Donald Davies. His contributions have been acknowledged and lauded, repeatedly, with honorary degrees and awards that included the National Medal of Technology, and the Turing Award.

Steve Wozniak

Known as “Woz,” Steve is an American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s. Wozniak is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, the computer that launched Apple.

Steve Jobs

Easily one of the most well-known American pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s, Jobs had a passion for perfection that revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

Bob Kahn

An American electrical engineer, along with Vint Cerf, Bob Kahn invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet.

Van Jacobson

Renowned for his work on TCP/IP network performance and scaling, Van Jacobson is an American computer scientist, one of the primary contributors to the TCP/IP protocol stack-the technological foundation on today’s Internet.

Steve Wolff

Stephen Wolff is one of the many fathers of the Internet. He is mainly credited with turning the Internet from a government project into something that proved to have scholarly and commercial interest for the rest of the world.

Steve Crocker

Stephen D. Crocker is the inventor of the Request for Comments series, authoring the very first RFC and many more. He received his bachelor’s degree (1968) and PhD (1977) from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Paul Mockapetris

Paul Mockapetris is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, who, together with Jon Postel, invented the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).

Paul Baran

Paul Baran was an American engineer of Polish Jewish extract, who was a pioneer in the development of computer networks. He was one of the two independent inventors of packet switched computer networking, and went on to start several companies and develop other technologies that are an essential part of modern digital communication.

Marc Andreesen

Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape; and as cofounder and general partner of Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Len Kleinrock

Leonard Kleinrock is an American engineer and computer scientist. A computer science professor at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, he made several important contributions to the field of computer networking, in particular to the theoretical foundations of computer networking.

Larry Roberts

Lawrence G. Roberts is an American scientist who received the Draper Prize in 2001 and the Principe de Asturias Award in 2002 “for the development of the Internet”.

Jonh Postel

Jonathan Bruce Postel was an American computer scientist who made many significant contributions to the development of the Internet, particularly with respect to standards. He is known principally for being the Editor of the Request for Comment (RFC) document series, and for administering the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) until his death.

JCR Licklider

Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider, known simply as J. C. R. or “Lick”, was an American psychologist and computer scientist who is considered one of the most important figures in computer science and general computing history.

Eric Bina

Eric J. Bina is the co-creator of Mosaic and the co-founder of Netscape. In 1993, Bina along with Marc Andreessen authored the first version of Mosaic while working as a programmer at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Douglas Engelbart

Douglas Carl Engelbart was an American engineer and inventor, and an early computer and Internet pioneer. He is best known for his work on founding the field of human–computer interaction, particularly while at his Augmentation Research Center Lab in SRI International, resulting in the invention of the computer mouse, and the development of hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces.

Donald Davies

Donald Watts Davies, CBE, FRS was a Welsh computer scientist who independently developed the concept of packet switching in computer networking, after Paul Baran in the United States had completed his pioneering work. The ARPANET project credited Davies primarily for his influence.

David Clark

David Dana “Dave” Clark is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer who has been involved with Internet developments since the mid-1970s. He currently works as a Senior Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Bob Taylor

Bob Taylor, is an Internet pioneer, who led teams that made major contributions to the personal computer, and other related technologies. He was director of ARPA’s Information Processing Techniques Office from 1965 through 1969, founder and later manager of Xerox PARC’s Computer Science Laboratory from 1970 through 1983, and founder and manager of Digital Equipment Corporation’s Systems Research Center until 1996.

Claude Shannon

Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electronic engineer, and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory”.

What Others Are Saying

“Today we can share photos with friends all over the world in an instant, and a tiny coffee vendor can make it easy for me to pay with my phone. Soon I will even be able to program my car to safely drive me where I want to go. But we have to remember that technology can easily bring us together or make us feel isolated from each other.” Steve Wozniak

“The memory of our lives is the domain of the personal letter. And what better way to inspire letters of the next generation than by harnessing mobile technology to make letters happen all over again.” – Vint Cerf