Broadcom co-founder Henry Samueli today was named the winner of the prestigious Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship. This award has been described at the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for the Information Technology industry.
Samueli, who is also Broadcom’s Chief Technical Officer and Chairman of the Board, said he was “very humbled” by the $100,000 prize, which is awarded annually to living scientists whose scope of work and influence carry on the legacy of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi.
“I look at the list of Marconi Fellows preceding me and think, ‘I don’t belong in that group,’” Samueli said. “It is an amazing honor and I’m deeply flattered. On the other hand, looking at it more broadly, as a company we have indeed accomplished a lot. I’m very proud of the impact we have had on our industry and on society.”
Samueli is being honored for his pioneering work in developing and commercializing analog and mixed signal circuits for modern communications systems, most notably the cable modem. Past winners have included “fathers of the Internet” Paul Baran, Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Bob Metcalfe; encryption pioneers Whit Diffie, Martin Hellman and Ron Rivest; DSL modem inventor John Cioffi; and breakthrough fiber optics scientists such as Nobel Laureate Sir Charles Kao, Bob Tkach and Andrew Chraplyvy.
Samueli will receive the prize at the Marconi Society Awards Dinner on September 6.