Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Information Theory, the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society instituted the IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation and the Golden Jubilee Paper Awards. The awards were given at the 1998 International Symposium on Information Theory, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 1998. The Golden Jubilee Awards are given to the authors of discoveries, advances and inventions that have had a profound impact in the technology of information transmission, processing and compression. The recipients of the 1998 IEEE Information Theory Society Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation are:


  1. Norman Abramson: For the invention of the first random-access communication protocol.
  2. Elwyn Berlekamp: For the invention of a computationally efficient algebraic decoding algorithm.
  3. Claude BerrouAlain Glavieux and Punya Thitimajshima: For the invention of turbo codes.
  4. Ingrid Daubechies: For the invention of wavelet-based methods for signal processing.
  5. Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman: For the invention of public-key cryptography.
  6. Peter Elias: For the invention of convolutional codes.
  7. G. David Forney, Jr: For the invention of concatenated codes and a generalized minimum-distance decoding algorithm.
  8. Robert M. Gray: For the invention and development of training mode vector quantization.
  9. David Huffman: For the invention of the Huffman minimum-length lossless data-compression code.
  10. Kees A. Schouhamer Immink: For the invention of constrained codes for commercial recording systems.
  11. Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv: For the invention of the Lempel-Ziv universal data compression algorithm.
  12. Robert W. Lucky: For the invention of pioneering adaptive equalization methods.
  13. Dwight O. North: For the invention of the matched filter.
  14. Irving S. Reed: For the co-invention of the Reed-Solomon error correction codes.
  15. Jorma Rissanen: For the invention of arithmetic coding.
  16. Gottfried Ungerboeck: For the invention of trellis coded modulation.
  17. Andrew J. Viterbi: For the invention of the Viterbi algorithm.