San Diego Business Journal

Business, Academic Leaders Win Marconi Prize

Monday, June 13, 2011

Two San Diegans were named as winners of the 2011 Marconi Society Fellowship and Prize, the society said June 7. One will receive the award posthumously.

Irwin Jacobs, 77, a co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., and Jack Keil Wolf, who died at the age of 76 May 12, were cited for their groundbreaking research and designs in digital communication by the society.

Jacobs, who also co-founded Linkabit, a business that did a lot of the cutting edge research on wireless technology while he was teaching at UC San Diego, guided Qualcomm from its inception in 1985 to its success as San Diego’s largest private company with annual revenue of $11 billion.

Wolf, also a professor at UCSD, did major research in the field of information and communications theory, which benefited advances in computer technology.

When the prize is bestowed in September, Wolf’s grandson, David Hallac, will accept it on Wolf’s behalf.

— Mike Allen