QUALCOMM come to Cambridge
Three generations of computing genius united in Cambridge at the end of May when Dr Irwin Jacobs visited the Computer Laboratory. Dr Jacobs, widely credited as the inventor of 3G mobile technology, met with Professor Andy Hopper and students at the University’s Computer Laboratory as part of a two-day visit to the city. He came face-to-face with Professor Maurice Wilkes, creator of the world’s first fully-operational stored programme computer, the EDSAC.
Dr Jacobs also shared the secrets of his success with budding entrepreneurs at Judge Business School. As part of the Cambridge Leadership Seminar Series, Dr Jacobs spoke about the ‘eureka’ moment on a Californian freeway that led him to leave his role as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of San Diego and set up the mobile communications company QUALCOMM, now one of America’s leading IT companies.
Last year QUALCOMM donated $1million to the University Computer Laboratory Research Students Fund.
Dr Jacobs was accompanied by his wife, Joan, and friends, Harvey White, another founder of QUALCOMM, and Sheryl White, and members of QUALCOMM senior management team. The Vice-Chancellor and her husband hosted a small dinner at the Lodge to welcome them to Cambridge and to thank them personally for their support.
Added: 16 July 2007