Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize

Pioneered development and commercialization of broadband circuits

Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, benefactor of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and distinguished adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has won the prestigious 2012 Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship. Samueli, whose work led to the explosive growth of the consumer broadband industry, was selected for his pioneering advances in the development and commercialization of analog and mixed signal circuits for modern communication systems, in particular the cable modem.

The Marconi Prize, an award considered the pinnacle honor in the field of communication and information science, is given each year to one or more scientists and engineers who achieve advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of all humanity. Winners have included scientists whose breakthrough innovations underlie every aspect of modern communications and have contributed to many other fields of technology as well.

Nicolaos Alexopoulos, a current Broadcom executive who served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at UCLA and Dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering (1997-2008), says, “First and foremost, Henry is a perfectionist. His breadth of knowledge coupled with his attention to detail enables him to optimize all levels of a design from systems to architectures to circuits. But equally important, he is a great motivator and team player. He leads by example and inspires his colleagues to achieve as a team far greater than they could as individuals.”

On his selection for the Marconi Prize, Samueli says, “I’m very humbled. I look at the list of Marconi Fellows preceding me and think, ‘I don’t belong in that group.’ It is an amazing honor and I’m deeply flattered. On the other hand, looking at it more broadly, as a company we have indeed accomplished a lot. I’m very proud of the impact we have had on our industry and on society.”

Among his other honors, Samueli was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2000, a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004. Most recently, he won the 2011 Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award from the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA).

The Marconi Society was established in 1974 through an endowment set up by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel laureate who invented radio (wireless telegraphy). The Marconi Prize is awarded annually to outstanding individuals whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of “creativity in service to humanity,” which also inspired Marconi. Through symposia, conferences, forums and publications, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of major innovations in communication theory, technology and applications with particular attention to understanding how they change and benefit society.

Additional information about the Marconi Society and the Marconi Fellows can be found at www.marconisociety.org.