updated 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/26/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
Cerf, formerly an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford and now a senior vice president at MCI Telecommunications Corp., has a personal stake in the Internet. His premature birth left him hearing-impaired (he met his wife Sigrid, 51, who is deaf, at a hearing aid dealer's), and he has difficulty recognizing telephone voices. E-mail presents no such problem. His sons David, 21, and Bennett, 16, are occasional visitors to the Net, which pleases Dad. As president of the Internet Society, an organization that attempts to govern the unruly web, he is working toward universal access. One day, if Cerf has his way, we will all be "an extended family in cyberspace."