Former Professor Andrew J. Viterbi Receives 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor
Dr. Andrew J. Viterbi, developer of the Viterbi algorithm and other breakthroughs that play key roles in satellite communications and mobile telephones, was honored by IEEE with the 2010 IEEE Medal of Honor. The medal represents IEEE's highest award. Viterbi was selected because of his seminal contributions to communications technology and theory. The medal was presented on June 26 at the IEEE Honors Ceremony in Montreal.
Dr. Viterbi developed what became known as the Viterbi Algorithm in 1967 while a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Viterbi Algorithm was a breakthrough in wireless technology that separated information (voice and data) from background noise and fundamentally changed the way digital communications are processed. The algorithm is used in most digital cellular phones and satellite receivers as well as in such diverse fields as magnetic recording, voice recognition and DNA sequence analysis. It also has been incorporated into all NASA deep-space spacecraft since the 1970s.
Dr. Viterbi has also received the National Medal of Science in 2008 from U.S. President George W. Bush.