Marconi Society 2019 Awards Dinner

It was privilege to attend the Marconi Society Awards Dinner on May 17th which honored the 2019 Marconi Prize Winners Taher Elgamal and Paul Kocher for their development of SSL/TLS as well as other contributions to the security of communications. The event was well attended by many well-known people who have made huge contributions to the advancement of communications technologies.

Attendees included Vint Cerf who is known for the design of TCP/IP and is one of the “fathers of the internet”, James H. Clark who was a founder of several Silicon Valley companies including Netscape Communications Company where the 2019 prize winners developed the security to enable on-line purchases, Robert Lucky who led Telcordia Technologies’ building of the Automatic Adaptive Equalizer, and of course John Cioffi who founded ASSIA after his pioneering research that helped create Digital Subscriber Line circuits that bring broadband Internet access to hundreds of millions of people.

It was extraordinary to be in a room with so many of the people who built the modern communications technologies we use every day and to see them not only honoring their peers, but also encouraging the next generation of innovators from all over the world who are working on MIMO (Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output) transceiver architectures, networks to support IoT applications, and NOMA (Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access) technologies with the Paul Baran Young Scholars Awards.

The Marconi Society is a great organization and the Marconi Society Awards very worthwhile.