As the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi’s Nobel Prize, the Marconi Society successfully completed its 35th year. The organization has conferred its coveted prize – the equivalent of a Nobel in the field of information technology – upon a total of 40 Internet pioneers, telecommunications giants and visionaries whose theoretical work laid the foundation for breakthrough research that has advanced the social, economic and cultural improvement of all humanity.
The 2009 prize was awarded to Andrew Chraplyvy and Robert Tkach, a pair of Bell Labs scientists whose work on fiber optic nonlinearities led to vastly increased broadband capacity in the world’s communications networks. But the annual gala awards ceremony October 9th at the Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna, Italy also recognized Marconi himself just as his daughter Gioia, would have wished.
"Gioia Marconi Braga well understood the profound impact that the wave of innovation unleashed by her father would continue to have upon society," said Robert W. Lucky, Chairman of the Marconi Society." The foundation she established in her father’s name took on the challenge not only of honoring and promoting scientific achievements, but helping people better comprehend and prepare for the challenges inherent in those changes."
The 2010 Marconi Prize Winner will be announced in Spring, 2010.
2009 Marconi Award Winners Video
Pictured below at the 2009 Marconi Award Ceremony in Bologna, Italy (left to right): Jeong Kim, President, Bell Labs; Robert Lucky, Chairman, Marconi Society Board of Directors; Herwig Kogelnik, Bell Labs and Marconi Fellow; 2009 Marconi Prize Winners Robert Tkach and Andrew Chraplyvy; Tingye Li, AT&T Labs, Research (retired): Rod Alferness, Chief Scientist, Bell Labs; Jean-Pierre Hamaide, Optical Networks Domain Leader, Bell Labs.