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 Dr. Irwin Jacobs speaking during dedication of the Computer Science and Engineering Building and bear sculpture at UCSD in 2005.Irwin Mark Jacobs (born October 18, 1933 in New Bedford, Massachusetts), is an electrical engineer and the co-founder and former chairman of Qualcomm, and chair of the board of trustees of the Salk Institute.

Jacobs earned his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1956, and his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in EECS (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957 and 1959, respectively. Additionally, he is a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.

Jacobs was Assistant and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT from 1959 to 1966 and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at University of California, San Diego from 1966 to 1972. He co-authored a textbook entitled Principles of Communication Engineering in 1965, which is still in use today. UCSDs Jacobs School of Engineering is named for him and his wife.

In 1968 Jacobs co-founded Linkabit Corporation with Andrew Viterbi to develop satellite encryption devices. That company merged with MA-COM in 1980, becoming MA-COM Linkabit.

In 1985 Jacobs went on to co-found Qualcomm to commercially develop CDMA technology, which he pioneered and which uses the communication bandwidth more efficiently than the older fixed time-sliced TDMA technology. Dr. Jacobs announced on March 3, 2009 that he had stepped down as chairman of Qualcomm and that Paul E. Jacobs, his son, had been named to succeed him.

He was awarded the Bower Award for Business Leadership in 2001.

Jacobs delivered the 2005 commencement speech at MIT,[1] and the 2008 commencement speech at the Jacobs School of Engineering.[2]

Jacobs and his wife Joan Jacobs are contributors to public arts and education in San Diego. For this Jacobs was given the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2004.

He and his wife have four sons. Their son Paul E. Jacobs is CEO of Qualcomm. Jeff Jacobs is the Chief Marketing Officer of Qualcomm. Hal Jacobs the second oldest, played on the 1985 USA Maccabi volleyball team, and is a Co-Producer of the hit musical Jersey Boys. Their eldest son Gary Jacobs is the head of the board of the Gary and Jerri-Ann Jacobs High Tech High Charter School. Jacobss grandson, Adam Jacobs, is a catcher on the Cornell University baseball team.

Jacobs and his wife Joan are among the U.S. billionaires who have made The Giving Pledge, a commitment to give away at least half of their wealth for charitable purposes.[3][4]


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