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On Its 99th Birthday, Radio Club Will Fête Paul Jacobs, Brian Williams

Qualcomm CEO to be honored

Paul Jacobs will keynote the Radio Club of America’s banquet in New York this month and receive its Sarnoff Citation.

He’s CEO of Qualcomm. NBC News anchorman Brian Williams also will be honored with the award.

The citation was established in 1973 to honor “significant contributions to the advancement of electronic communications.” The first was given to Barry Goldwater for his support of amateur radio. The group was founded in 1909 and calls itself the world’s oldest radio communications society. Early members included Major Armstrong, David Sarnoff and Allen B. DuMont.

“Jacobs has been the primary driver of Qualcomm’s focus on enabling wireless data services, which make the cellphone a tool not only for voice communications, but also the most personal device for entertainment, computing and information access,” the Radio Club stated.

“As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Jacobs has been granted more than 25 patents for his inventions in the area of wireless technology. In addition, he initiated Qualcomm’s global positioning system capabilities for cellphones.”

The banquet will be held at the New York Athletic Club in New York City and marks the Radio Club’s 99th anniversary.