Message from the IEEE Communications Society President, Byeong Gi Lee:
The reaction from our members to the untimely death of Steve Jobs has been overwhelming. The IEEE President, Moshe Kam, recently posted the following statement on the IEEE website:
"Steve Jobs was an inspiring inventor and entrepreneur, toward whom technical professionals worldwide, as well as consumers and the general public, felt unusual admiration and affinity. He was as exceptional, original and influential as the most revered figures in the history of innovation, including legendary individuals like Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, David Sarnoff, Hewlett and Packard, Walt Disney and Henry Ford. He will be sorely missed."
May I add that not only did Steve Jobs stand out among business giants, but he was also an engineer and entrepreneur who was admired, in the communications industry, as a "revolutionary" figure, comparable to Alexander Graham Bell and Claude Shannon and, by the general public, like a "rock star" comparable to Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Imagine how much more he would have contributed to humanity had he not died so young. It's hard for us to imagine...