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Among the four 'founding fathers', Cerf and Kahn are more famous. Cerf is the most famous figure, and most widely called 'the father of internet'. Cerf and Kahn were recognized by Turing prize, national medal of technology, medal of freedom, and etc. I am not denying the great contribution from Kleinrock and Roberts. I am just pointing out their contribution is less recognized throughout the world.
Stanford's contributions to internet are certainly richer than MIT. Just list what I know:
Internet TCP/IP protocol, stanford graduate and former prof Cerf
First internet website in the world (SLAC)
YAHOO (Stanford ph.d students Filo and Yang)
GOOGLE search engine (Stanford ph.d students Page and Brin)
netscape (Stanford prof Jim Clark)
Alta Vista search engine (Stanford ph.d Paul Flaherty)
multiprotocal internet router (Stanford engineer Bill Yeager)
DSL broadband internet connection (Stanford Ph.d. and prof John Cioffi)
Claiming MIT made more contributions than Stanford is laughable.
To answer your question about search engine why it is all the way Stanford, I don't know how many people have ever heard of those search engines you mentioned with 'ties' to MIT. There might be a plenty more such and such search engines existing in the past. All these products got crushed by Alta Vista and GOOGLE. Both Alta Vista and GOOGLE were invented by Stanford graduates. So it is all the way Stanford.
Look, the bottom line is this. I am not saying that Stanford is a bad school. I am saying that we should respect the contributions of MIT as a strong engineering school. I don't think either one should be disrespected.
also, boston sucks. (lifelong native). its alright, but it can't compare to san fran and california in general. stanford is beautiful. MIT is ugly. list goes on.
It's nice to discuss with you, although you tend to have a little bias in favoring MIT.