IEEE Honors David Forney, A Founder of the Modem Industry

Marconi Fellow David Forney, adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) at MIT, will receive the 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics (IEEE) Medal of Honor, the highest award bestowed by the IEEE.

Dr. Forney received the Marconi Prize in 1997 for his contributions to communications theory and the applications of those insights to data-transmission products. He is regarded as a founder of the modem industry, having invented the first reliable high-speed modem in 1970, which later was adopted as an international standard out of which all subsequent modem technology has grown. He has written many prize-winning papers on information theory, coding, modulation, and equalization, and was editor of the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory during 1970-73. He has twice served as president of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Dr. Forney is currently an Adjunct Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Vint Cerf, Marconi vice chairman, said, “David Forney is a pioneer in wringing more digital capacity from limited analog bandwidth. His recognition as the recipient of the IEEE Medal of Honor confirms the scale and scope his contributions. The Marconi Society Board joins IEEE in celebrating the long-standing contributions of this outstanding scientist and engineer.”

You can read the IEEE Spectrum profile article here.