Oral-History:IEEE Communications Society


IEEE Communications Society Oral Histories

In 1999, IEEE History Center staff recorded oral histories of select IEEE Communication Society members as part of a project marking the IEEE Communication Societies fiftieth anniversary. In addition, the IEEE Communication Society published A Brief History of Communications (2002) to mark its fiftieth anniversary. Other oral histories have been conducted with IEEE Communication Society members both before and after the special project.

Fred Andrews (1999) #380      Digital Networks

Paul Baran #378      Packet Communications

Vinton Cerf #355     Internet. Cerf, a Marconi Fellow, an IEEE Life Fellow, and an Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) member, played a significant role in the setup of ARPANET and developed the Transmission Controlled Protocol (TCP) with Bob Kahn.

Donald C. Cox #364     Cellular Telephone

Joel Engel # 366      Cellular Telephone

Paul Green #373     Spread Spectrum Communications, Optical Switching

Irwin Jacobs #376     Spread Spectrum Communications. Jacobs, Marconi Fellow, IEEE Life Fellow, and Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) member, co-founded the Linkabit consulting company and Qualcomm.

Amos Joel  (1992) #137     Telephone Switching Systems

Amos Joel  (1993) #163     Telephone Switching Systems

Richard Kirby #385      Radio Standards

Bob Lucky #361     Digital Communications

John Mayo #383     Telephone Switching, T-1 Carrier System

Laurence Milstein #381     Spread Spectrum Communications

Eugene O'Neill #415     Satellite Communications

Raymond Pickholtz (1999) #354     Spread Spectrum Communications

John Pierce #141, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3     Satellite Communications

Donald Schilling #356     Spread Spectrum Communications, 3rd Generation Wireless

Mischa Schwartz #360     Information Theory, Data Networks, Education

Jack Sipress #365     Undersea Cables

Dick Snelling #395     Fiber Optics in Telephone Networks

Keija Tachikawa #362     Mobile Communications, 3rd Generation Wireless

Andrew Viterbi #377     Coding, Digital Communications. Viterbi, an IEEE Life Fellow and an Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) member, did theoretical and practical work on digital communications, including the development of the Viterbi algorithm. He co-founded Qualcomm, which developed the OmniTRACS system and the Eudora e-mail program.