June 2011: Marconi Prize. 2011 winners are Qualcomm co-founder and cellular communications pioneer Irwin Jacobs and the recently deceased Jack Wolf, a University of California San Diego professor whose important engineering work and information theories contributed to everything from the design of hard disks to cell phones. Also, Bob Galvin, the son of Motorola founder Paul Galvin and the company's CEO from 1959 to 1986, was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement award. "The Marconi Prize is awarded annually to individuals whose scope of work and influence carry on the legacy of Guglielmo Marconi, recipient of the 1909 Nobel Prize for his pioneering achievements in wireless technology. The Marconi Society recognizes its Fellows for their lasting scientific contributions to human progress in the field of information technology." More info. More info.
October 2011: Nobel Prize. There's no guarantee the Nobel Prize in Physics or the Noble Peace Prize will have anything to do with the information technology field. Then again, Father of Fiber Optics Charles Kao won the Physics Prize in 2009, and the Internet itself (along with Tim Berners-Lee, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn) is said to be in the running for this year's Peace Prize.
Here's when some other significant awards will be announced: Kyoto Prize (June 24), Internet Society Jonathan B. Postel Service Award (July), Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Awards (October). Other dates are fuzzier, but last year the Millennium Technology Prize was announced in September and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners were revealed in October.
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