SOURCE: Computer History Museum

May 23, 2005 12:26 ET

Computer History Museum Presents Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs, Co-Founder, Qualcomm in Conversation With Elizabeth Corcoran, Senior Editor, Forbes

"My Life on The Wireless Frontier"

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 23, 2005 --


Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs helped found QUALCOMM in 1985 and under his leadership it became a Fortune 500 company, listed in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index and traded on the NASDAQ. This former professor of electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and of computer science and engineering at the University of California-San Diego led the commercialization of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, regarded as the world's most advanced voice and data wireless communications technology. CDMA technology -- which converts speech into digital information that is transmitted over a wireless network and reconverted to speech on the other end -- was first demonstrated in 1989. Elizabeth Corcoran is a senior editor at Forbes Magazine and has been covering the technology sector for years from the publication's Silicon Valley bureau. Jacobs will share with Corcoran his journey from hallowed halls of academia to the vanguard of telecommunications and also comment on the next wave of new technologies driving the wireless world.


Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs is co-founder, chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology. Dr. Jacobs previously served as co-founder, president, CEO and chairman of LINKABIT Corporation, directing its growth and first introduction of Ku-band Very Small Aperature Earth Terminals (VSATs), commercial TDMA wireless phones, and the VideoCipher® satellite-to-home TV system. LINKABIT merged with M/A-COM in August 1980, at which time Dr. Jacobs served on the company's board of directors until he resigned from M/A-COM in April 1985. From 1959 to 1966, Dr. Jacobs was an assistant/associate professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). From 1966 to 1972 he served as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California-San Diego. At MIT, Dr. Jacobs co-authored a basic textbook on digital communications entitled, "Principles of Communication Engineering." First published in 1965, the book remains in use today. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and master of science and doctor of science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively.


Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Member Reception - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lecture - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Computer History Museum
Hahn Auditorium
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

Free. Suggested donation of $10.00 at the door from non-members. For more information on the event, please visit the Museum's Web site at or call (650) 810-1005. For media credentials, please contact Steven Brewster at (650) 810-1036 or


The "Computer History Museum Presents" Speaker Series is an exclusive platform for open, passionate discussions for presenting the computing revolution and its impact on the human experience. These landmark presentations and panel discussions present inside stories and personal insights of top information age leaders from industry, government and academia, and assist the Museum in bringing computing history to life.

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