Kahn awarded Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering
Alumnus Robert Kahn, widely credited with being one of the fathers of the Internet, is one of the winners of the first-ever Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
Organizers of the newly established prize cited Kahn, along with Louis Pouzin, Tim Berners-Lee, Marc Andreessen, and Vinton Cerf, for "major contributions to the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web." Kahn and Cerf invented the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP), the fundamental communication protocols at the heart of the Internet.
"The Internet and www led to a communications revolution of unprecedented power and impact," the prize foundation said. The prize, which was established by members of the U.K. Parliament and is administered by the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Foundation, includes a prize of 1 million pounds (currently $1.52 million).
Kahn founded and serves as chairman, CEO and president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, a non-profit for research and development related to the nation's information infrastructure.
Kahn, who received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1964, is part of Princeton’s luminous legacy in the field of computer science and in the development of the Internet. Alan Turing, Alonzo Church and John von Neumann all spent time at Princeton. Recent Internet innovators who were Princeton Engineering undergraduates include Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and Google executive Eric Schmidt.
An endowed professorship in Kahn's name was established at Princeton in 2007. Larry Peterson is currently the Robert E. Kahn Professor in Computer Science.