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    October 2, 2018, Bologna, Italy

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    Tom Leighton, honored for his fundamental contributions to the technology and establishment of content delivery networks.


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Sir Charles Kuen Kao

Sir Charles Kuen Kao: In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Prof Sir Charles Kuen Kao, Nobel Prize laureate 2009 and Marconi Fellow 1985. Charles passed away on the morning of Sunday 23rd September. He had suffered from debilitating Alzheimer’s…

Marconi Fellow Ron Rivest on How to Hack an Election—and What States Should Do to Prevent Fake Votes

Two speakers at this year’s EmTech MIT conference addressed voting vulnerabilities. by Charlotte Jee, TechnologyReview.com Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election thanks to the votes of just 107,000 people in three states. The…

Geek of the Week: Marconi Society Young Scholar Rajalakshmi Nandakumar’s wireless tech research could help us sleep easy

By Kurt Schlosser from GeekWire Rajalakshmi Nandakumar awoke to some good news this week. Not only is the PhD candidate at University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering our latest Geek of the Week,…
2018 Marconi Young Scholars

Marconi Society Names Four 2018 Paul Baran Young Scholars

Innovative researchers are honored for game-changing work advancing wireless and optical networking and disruptive healthcare applications MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, September 11, 2018 The Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements…
Dr. Di Che, Marconi Young Scholar

Di Che Honored with 2018 Marconi Society Young Scholar Award

University of Melbourne PhD’s breakthrough work on coherent optical short-reach communications cost-effectively transforms existing infrastructure to increase speed and reduce power consumption MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, September 11, 2018 The…

Marconi Society Blog


A Tribute to My Mother, Gioia Marconi Braga: Founder of the Marconi Society

By Michael Braga When I was young, our family would spend summers on Fishers Island – an elite enclave in the cold dark waters off Connecticut. I can remember my mother – Gioia Marconi Braga -- striding onto the beach, stuffing her coiffed…

Broadband Connection: The Most Basic of Human Needs

By John Cioffi It is assured by law as a human right in Costa Rica, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece and Spain. It is a key part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. While most of us think of water, electricity, and…

Fiber-optic Transmission and Networking: The Previous 20 and the Next 20 Years

By Andrew R. Chraplyvy Re-printed from Optics Express, a publication of OSA Publishing Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Optics Express, this paper reviews the evolution of optical fiber communication systems, and through a look at…

Strong History of Generosity Has Helped the Marconi Society Flourish

By Hatti Hamlin As the Marconi Society approaches its 44thAwards Ceremony this fall in Bologna, we want to honor the long history of generous donations that has sustained and grown our organization’s mission. The Marconi Society, originally…
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Bringing the Spirit of the Internet to New Connected Technologies

Coauthored by Leonard Kleinrock and Paula Reinman UCLA recently announced the creation of the UCLA Connection Lab, funded by a $5M gift to the Samueli School of Engineering from the Sunday Group. This generous gift honors UCLA Professor…

Marconi Society Events

2018 Marconi Young Scholar Symposium – Oct. 1, 2018, University of Bologna

The Future of Communications: Bringing Down Silos to Connect the Next Billion Presented by Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholars and University of Bologna UNIBO Accademia Della Scienze, Sala Ulisse Agenda 1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch…

2018 Marconi Fellow Tom Leighton to be Honored in Bologna

October 2, 2018 – Bologna, Italy The 2018 Marconi Awards Dinner (Palazzo Re Enzo; by invitation only) will take place October 2nd. The event honors Professor F. Thomson Leighton, cofounder of Akamai Technologies, for his contributions to…

2018 Marconi Symposium, “Restoring Trust on the Internet”

October 2, 2018, 9 a.m. Honoring the 2018 Marconi Fellow, Akamai cofounder F. Thomson Leighton, the program explores how technology and regulation are addressing problems that have led to rising threats and diminishing trust on the Internet. …

Marconi Fellows Andrew Viterbi and Jacob Ziv to Join Young Scholar Eitan Yaakobi at The Technion

Tuesday, April 24, Technion, Haifa, Israel Join Marconi Fellows Andrew Viterbi and Jacob Ziv, along with 2009 Young Scholar Eitan Yaakobi, for a special session at the Technion to discuss the future of communications. For an invitation,…

Marconi Fellows Arogyaswami Paulraj and Ronald Rivest to be Inducted Into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Thursday, May 3, 2018, National Museum Building, Washington, DC Marconi Fellows Arogyaswami Paulraj and Ronald Rivest will join other Marconi Fellows, including Martin E. Hellman, Irwin Jacobs, Robert Metcalfe, Andrew Viterbi and others as…

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