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Irwin M. Jacobs awarded 2013 IEEE Medal of Honor

Irwin M. Jacobs

Irwin M. Jacobs

Irwin M. Jacobs, Qualcomm cofounder and chair of Salk's Board of Trustees, was honored with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 2013 Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the organization. The IEEE is the world's largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. The organization paid tribute to Jacobs extraordinary accomplishments and also presented 19 medals and recognitions to other leading technologists at the IEEE Honors Ceremony held on June 29 in San Diego.

Jacobs, an IEEE Life Fellow, was selected for the honor in recognition of his leadership and essential contributions to digital communications and wireless technology. He oversaw Qualcomm's revolutionary innovations in Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), a technology fundamental to today's 3G mobile wireless standards.

Since 1917, the IEEE awards program has recognized technical professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, the engineering profession and humanity. Recipients of the awards, who are chosen through peer nomination and approval, are honored as the most influential members in their chosen field.