Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dr. Henry Samueli Wins 2012 Marconi Prize

The 2012 Marconi Society Prize and Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation for his work with digital signal processing.

After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1980, Samueli took a job at TRW (later merged with Northrop Grumman) working on military broadband communication systems. In 1985, Samueli joined the UCLA faculty full-time as an assistant professor. In August 1991, Samueli and Henry T. Nicholas, III, his former colleague at TRW and his first Ph.D. student at UCLA, each invested $5,000 and launched Broadcom out of Nicholas’ Redondo Beach garage. Their first major commercial customer was Scientific-Atlanta, which needed chips for an experimental digital cable TV set-top box.

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