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Marty Cooper & Bob Kahn receive ITU 150 Award

By Hatti Hamlin

Marconi Fellows Bob Kahn and Marty Cooper are headed to Geneva for the ITU’s celebration of the 150th anniversary. They’ll be receiving awards May 17th along with Bill Gates, Ken Sakamura, Mark Krivocheev and Thomas Wiegand. Marty won the 2013 Marconi Award for building the first mobile phone. Bob won the 1994 Marconi for “his pioneering work and sustaining leadership in the development of Arpanet and its successor, Internet.” Both spoke at the 2014 Marconi Symposium in D.C.

Here are the citations.

Robert E. Kahn – ITU 150 Award

Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 after a 13-year term at the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). CNRI is a not-for-profit organization for research and development of the National Information Infrastructure. Following a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1960, and MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University in 1962 and 1964 respectively, Dr Kahn worked at AT&T and Bell Laboratories before he became Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He took a leave of absence from MIT to join Bolt Beranek and Newman, where he was responsible for the system design of the Arpanet, the first packet-switched network. In 1972, Dr Kahn moved to DARPA and subsequently became Director of its Information Processing Techniques Office. There he initiated the United States government’s Strategic Computing Program. Dr Kahn conceived the idea of open-architecture networking. He is a co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol, and was responsible for originating DARPA’s Internet Program. More recently, Kahn has developed the concept of a digital object architecture to provide a framework for interoperability of heterogeneous information systems. He is also co-inventor of Knowbot programmes, mobile software agents in the network environment. Among his numerous awards, Kahn received the ITU World Telecommunication and Information Society Award in 2010, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, and the National Medal of Technology in 1997.

Martin Cooper – ITU 150 Award

Martin Cooper is a pioneer in the wireless communications industry; an inventor, entrepreneur and futurist. He has been a contributor to the technology of personal wireless communications for over 50 years. He conceived the first portable cellular phone in 1973. Cooper knew then that people needed the freedom that comes from anywhere, anytime telephony in contrast to being tethered to a desk or a car. He has been referred to as the ‘father’ of portable cellular telephony and is recognized as an innovator in spectrum management. Cooper was a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Following military service, he became a division manager and head of R&D for Motorola over his 29-year tenure at the Company. As a serial entrepreneur, Cooper has started a number of businesses including co-founding GreatCall, Inc., maker of the Jitterbug phone and service, ArrayComm, the world leader in smart antenna technology and Dyna LLC, a business incubator, where he currently serves as Chairman. Cooper is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was an inaugural member of the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) Wireless Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal, was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize for Science and Technology; is a co-recipient of the Charles Stark Draper Prize; one of the world’s preeminent awards for engineering achievement, and the 2013 winner of the coveted Marconi Prize. Most recently, Cooper was awarded the IEEE Masaru Ibuka Consumer Electronics Award. Cooper holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology on whose board of Trustees he serves. He also serves on committees of the Federal Communications Commission and the United States Department of Commerce.