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'A Father of the Internet' to Discuss His Role in Developing Technology

Vinton G. Cerf

Weeks after the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, one of the “fathers of the Internet” will visit campus to talk about his role in developing new technology.

Vinton G. Cerf will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday,March 26 as part of the University’s new ATEC Distinguished Lecture Series.

Cerf is vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google, and has received such honors as the National Medal of Technology, the Turing Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the creation of the Internet. In his role at Google, Cerf identifies and promotes new technologies used to develop Internet-based products and services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Stanford University, and a master’s and PhD in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cerf is the third of four speakers in the series.

Christian Belady, general manager of Datacenter Services for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and a UT Dallas alumnus, spoke Feb. 26. Robert Edsel, writer of the acclaimed book The Monuments Men, kicked off the lecture series to a sold-out audience on Jan. 22.

Get Tickets

Tickets are $15 for seats on the lower level of the lecture hall; $10 upper level tickets are sold out for Cerf’s lecture. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for students, faculty and staff who register.


Guests should park in Parking Structure I.  A map can be found here.

Next in the Series

April 16: Mae Jemison, scientist and astronaut. Click here for tickets.

The fourth speaker will be Dr. Mae Jemison, a chemical engineer, scientist, physician, entrepreneur, teacher and astronaut. She will speak on April 16. Jemison graduated from Stanford University in 1977 and earned her medical degree from Cornell Medical College (now Weill Medical College of Cornell University) in 1981. Jemison, who flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 1992, is multilingual and trained in dance and choreography. Jemison is an advocate for science education.

Tickets are on sale now for both remaining lectures. They are $15 for seats on the lower level of the Edith O’Donnell ATEC Building’s lecture hall and $10 for the upper level ($10 tickets are sold out for the Cerf lecture). A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for students, faculty and staff who register.

The lecture series, presented by The Dallas Morning News, was first announced during the recent dedication of the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building. The new building houses programs that explore topics at the intersection of arts and technology.