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American Scientists Named as Laureates of the 2008 (24th) Japan Prize
Date:1/16/2008

TOKYO, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Science and Technology Foundation of Japan announced the names of three laureates for the 2008 (24th) Japan Prize today.

All three laureates this year are American scientists. They are Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf and Dr. Robert Elliot Kahn who received their award for "Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet" in the prize category of "Information Communication Theory and Technology", and Dr. Victor A. McKusick who received his award for "Establishment of medical genetics and contributions to its development" in the prize category of "Medical Genomics and Genetics."

The three scientists will receive certificates of merit, and commemorative medals. There is also a cash award of 50 million yen for each prize category. The presentation ceremony is scheduled to be held in Tokyo at the National Theatre on Wednesday 23rd, April 2008.

Laureates of the 2008 (24th) Japan Prize

Field I: Information Communication Theory and Technology

Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf (U.S.A.)

Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google Inc.

Date of Birth: June 23, 1943, 64 years of age

Dr. Robert Elliot Kahn (U.S.A.)

Chairman, CEO & President,

Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI)

Date of Birth: December 23, 1938, 69 years of age

Creation of network architecture and communication protocol for the Internet

The appearance of the Internet has pioneered the way for the establishment of a network society that has completely transformed the lifestyles of people around the world. Two men in particular were instrumental in the creation of the concept for the basic framework and the TCP/IP communication protocol which has made the Internet possible. These men are Dr. Vinton Gray Cerf and Dr. Robert Elliot Kahn. Known as the "Fathers of the Internet," Dr. Cerf and Dr. Kahn continue to lead adva
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