Andrew Viterbi
#2729 Overall Influence

Andrew Viterbi

Italian-born American electrical engineer and businessman

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Andrew Viterbi is co-founder of Qualcomm Inc., Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. (The school is, as you suspect, named for Viterbi. The school bestowed this honor in recognition for his gift of over $50 million to the school.) He earned a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in digital communications from the University of Southern California.

In 1967, he developed the “Viterbi algorithm” which is still used in cell phones today. His algorithm is also used in DNA analysis and speech recognition tools. He co-founded Linkabit in 1968, before he co-founded Qualcomm in 1985. Qualcomm is now a successful, multinational company specializing in chip-making. He is also the president of his venture capital company The Viterbi Group.

For his invention of the Viterbi algorithm, he received a Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Information Theory Society, the National Medal of Science, the IEEE Medal of Honor and was a finalist for the Millennium Technology Prize. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Most recently, he and collaborator Irwin Jacobs were honored with the IEEE Milestone Award for their Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology and spread spectrum development.

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Andrew James Viterbi is an American electrical engineer and businessman who co-founded Qualcomm Inc. and invented the Viterbi algorithm. He is currently Presidential Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering, which was named in his honor in 2004 in recognition of his $52 million gift.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of California, San Diego
University of California, San Diego

Public university in La Jolla, California, United States

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University of Southern California
University of Southern California

Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Los Angeles

Public research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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