Qualcomm’s Irwin M. Jacobs: Technologies that changed our lives

April 20, 2012

If you find yourself increasingly dependent on your smart phone, Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs should be at the top of your list of people to thank.

Founding chairman and CEO Emeritus for Qualcomm Incorporated, Jacobs was part of teams that developed many of the technologies that made many of the digital technologies we rely upon every day possible. For example, at QUALCOMM Jacobs oversaw the development of Code Division Multiple Access – or CDMA – a technology fundamental to 3G mobile wireless standards. Among his 14 patents are technologies that make your smart phone so indispensible.

On April 19, 2012, Jacobs was named the W. P. Carey School Dean’s Council of 100 Executive of the Year – an honor reserved for change-making business leaders who serve as models for today’s business students. Recent honorees include Richard Adkerson, president and CEO of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, Inc. and Alan Mullaly, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. The first recipient was Andrew S. Grove, CEO of Intel Corporation.

In his speech, Jacobs gives us his personal recollections of a lifetime creating the technologies that have changed our lives.Listed as one of the most generous philanthropists of our day, Jacobs also talked about Qualcomm's support of the "We Learn" mobile education project.