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Dr. Vinton Cerf was born in Connecticut in 1943. He graduated in mathematics from Stanford University in 1965. After working for a short period in IBM, entered in the computer department of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to a Master Scientific and his doctoral thesis. First work on the Snuper computer to continue from 1968 in the center of network measurement of ARPA in the group of Leonard Keinrock, where he began participating in the Working Group Network, in which they were, gestated many of the procedures of work of the future Internet. He also worked in the development and deployment of both the control protocol NCP network and in the first ARPANET node at UCLA. ARPANET was the first operational packet switching network and the first step toward creating the Internet and the World Wide Web. In 1974 he proposed with Robert Kahn in an article entitled "A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection" a protocol called "Transmission Control Protocol" known by the acronym TCP. TCP created service end-to-end virtual circuits on a service connectionless datagram. This service allowed an efficient use of packet-switched networks, while facilitating programming applications, which were based on the simple paradigm of end-to-end virtual circuits. From 1976 to 1982 he was manager of the "ARPA the Internet" program and chief scientist of ARPA. At the same time continuing his collaboration with Robert Kahn in which they proposed the TCP / IP architecture, separating the routing control information transmission on two different levels, the level of TCP transport and IP routing level. This new architecture was standardized as the architecture of the Internet in the early 80s.  The Internet quickly spread to universities and research centers after the adoption of TCP / IP as the nuclear protocol of the Internet, thereafter allowing easy integration on the operational network, both new applications and new network technologies. Vinton Cerf TCP / IP was the architectural element, which bypass all network functions on separate levels, allowing the independent evolution of each of them: Communication technologies, switching technologies, transport of information and application development. Thereafter the applications could carry information regardless of the technology used in communication or switching. This separation of functions allowed the explosion of new applications and new network technologies have had on the Internet. Since 1982 Vinton Cerf has held many positions of great importance in various companies or organizations, such as Vice President of MCI, vice president of CNRI, founding president of the Internet Society, Honorary President of the IPv6 Forum or Vice President and Chief Evangelist Google, position that he is in at this time. During this period he has continued to work on the development of the Internet, such as the transition to IPv6, the successor to the current Internet Protocol, known as IPv4.  Vinton Cerf has received numerous awards, most prestigious, related to their work in the development of the Internet, including the Turing National Medal of Technology in the US, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US, Japan Prize, the Prince Prize award, Asturias Science and Technology and many more. It has also been invested Doctor "Honoris Causa" by many universities. During all these years it has been and remains a key person for the evolution of the Internet. Professor Vinton Cerf was awarded honorary doctorates by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid a proposal from the E.T.S. Telecommunications Engineers, on 21 April 2009. He acted as godfather Juan Quemada.