Marconi Society Awards Prize to San Diego’s Jacobs & Wolf

The Marconi Society, a group established in Palo Alto, CA, to recognize the creative spirit of Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi in today’s scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, has named Qualcomm co-founder Irwin Jacobs and computer theorist Jack Kiel Wolf as winners of this year’s Marconi Prize.

Jacobs, 77, was cited for his contributions to digital and satellite-based communications. His work was fundamental to the technical and commercial success of Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a method of digital wireless communications that became the standard for 3G cellular networks around the world.

Wolf, a UC San Diego scientist best known for mathematical research that helped lay the foundations for digital information and communications, died in his La Jolla home on May 12, just after he was selected for the prize. He was 76. The $100,000 honorarium awarded as part of the Marconi Fellowship and Prize will be split between the Jacobs and Wolf families. Past Marconi Prize winners include Adobe Systems founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke, Internet pioneers Vint Cerf and Bob Metcalfe, and Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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