Paul Mockapetris, chief scientist at Nominum, has been given an ACM Sigcomm lifetime award.
He is widely credited with creating the Domain Name System (DNS) 22 years ago.
Sigcomm (Special Interest Group on Data Communication) is the Association for Computing Machinery's professional forum for computer network specialists.
First started in 1989, the awards recognise outstanding contributions to the technical development of data and computer communications.
Dr Mockapetris developed the system, which provides the address architecture of the entire web, while at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute.
"It's a tremendous honour to be recognised by ACM Sigcomm and to stand alongside its other distinguished recipients," said Dr Mockapetris.
"It is especially poignant to receive this award at a time when the internet is impacting on society like never before.
"While the internet has come a long way there is still much to do in terms of making the network more useful and secure."
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