Dr. Irwin Jacobs
Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs is co-founder of Qualcomm incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology. Dr. Jacobs served as chief executive officer of the Company until July 2005 and chairman of the Company’s board of directors until March 2009.
Dr. Jacobs has led the commercialization of CDMA technology and its success as the world’s fastest-growing, most-advanced voice and data wireless communications technology. He holds several CDMA patents, contributing to Qualcomm’s extensive portfolio of issued U.S. and foreign patent and pending applications.
Dr. Jacobs received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1956 from Cornell University and master of science and doctor of science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT in 1957 and 1959, respectively.