"For his contribution to and leadership in the development and growth of the Wireless Communications Industry."
Dr. Irwin Jacobs founded QUALCOMM Incorporated in 1985, serving as chairman and CEO. Dr. Jacobs has led QUALCOMM through a period of rapid growth to over 9,000 employees, with international activities in digital wireless telephony and mobile satellite communications and Internet software. QUALCOMM is a 1999 FORTUNE 500 company with fiscal year 1998 revenues in excess of $3.3 billion.
Previously, Dr. Jacobs founded LINKABIT, which merged with M/A-COM in August 1980.
From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an Assistant/Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and from 1966 to 1972 he was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Dr. Jacobs received the B.E.E. degree in 1956 from Cornell University and the M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1957 and 1959, respectively.
Dr. Jacobs was recently awarded the Ernst & Young Information Technology Award for Global Integration by the Computerworld Smithsonian Award Program for outstanding contributions to global integration through the use of information technology. In 1994 Dr. Jacobs received the National Medal of Technology Award, which is the highest award bestowed by the President of the United States for extraordinary achievements in the commercialization of technology or the development of human resources that foster technology commercialization.