On the occasion of ITU’s 150th Anniversary, ITU150 Awards recognize individuals from government, ICT industry, academia, and civil society that have contributed to improving lives of world citizens through ICT innovations developed, promoted or implemented by ITU.
Bill Gates, Robert E. Kahn, Thomas Wiegand, Mark I. Krivocheev, Martin Cooper and Ken Sakamura will be honoured with ITU’s 150th Anniversary Award.
Bill Gates – Special ITU 150 Award
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.
Robert E. Kahn – ITU 150 Award
Robert E. Kahn is Chairman, CEO and President of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI), which he founded in 1986 after a 13-year term at the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Thomas Wiegand – ITU 150 Award
Thomas Wiegand is a professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin and is jointly heading the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany.
Mark I. Krivocheev – ITU 150 Award
Mark I. Krivocheev was born in the USSR on 30 July 1922. He graduated from the Moscow telecommunications Institute in 1946. In 1966, he became Doctor of Technical Sciences and in 1968, he was awarded the rank of Professor.
Martin Cooper – ITU 150 Award
Martin Cooper is a pioneer in the wireless communications industry; an inventor, entrepreneur and futurist. He has been a contributor to the technology of personal wireless communications for over 50 years.
Ken Sakamura – ITU 150 Award
Born in Tokyo in 1951, Ken Sakamura received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Keio University, Japan in 1979, and subsequently became a research associate at the University of Tokyo, where he has stayed ever since.