Irwin Jacobs

Co-Founder at Qualcomm, Inc.

Irwin Jacobs

Irwin Jacobs

Co-Founder at Qualcomm, Inc.

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Linkabit Corp.
Qualcomm, Inc.

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10/18/1933 - New Bedford, MA, United States



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Outdoor Activities, Art, Running, Reading

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Founder at XCOM Labs, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Qualcomm, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Friends of the Stuart Collection

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Former Partner at Covington & Burling LLP

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Adjunct Professor, Computer Science Department at University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Qualcomm, Inc.

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President Emeritus at University of California

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Venture Partner at Innogest SGR SpA

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Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc at Qualcomm, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Qualcomm, Inc.

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SC.D. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Class of 1959
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi
Class of 1956
2010 - Current

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthiest people in the world to make a commitment to give most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The campaign specifically focuses on billionaires and was made public in 2010 by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The Huffington Post reported in April 2012 that "81 billionaires committed to giving at least half of their fortunes to charity". As of July 2013, 113 billionaire individuals and couples and one family group have signed the pledge.

2009 - Current

The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides science related journal, program, and education services. The firm also promotes the responsible use of science in public policy. The company was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

2001 - Current

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs. With a current membership of 4,000 American Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members, the Academy has four major goals: Promoting service and study through analysis of critical social and intellectual issues and the development of practical policy alternatives; Fostering public engagement and the exchange of ideas with meetings, conferences, and symposia bringing diverse perspectives to the examination of issues of common concern; Mentoring a new generation of scholars and thinkers through the Visiting Scholars Program and Hellman Fellowship Program; Honoring excellence by electing to membership men and women in a broad range of disciplines and professions. Click here to learn about our new members. The Academy's headquarters are in Cambridge, Massachusetts. With its geographically diverse membership, it conducts activities in this country and abroad

Career History
1985 - Current

QUALCOMM, Inc. engages in the development, design, and provision of digital telecommunications products and services. It operates through the following segments: Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), Qualcomm Technology Licensing (QTL), and Qualcomm Strategic Initiatives (QSI). The QCT segment develops and supplies integrated circuits and system software based on technologies for the use in voice and data communications, networking, application processing, multimedia, and global positioning system products. The QTL segment grants licenses and provides rights to use portions of the firm's intellectual property portfolio. The QSI segment focuses on opening new or expanding opportunities for its technologies and supporting the design and introduction of new products and services for voice and data communications. The company was founded by Franklin P. Antonio, Adelia A. Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Mark Jacobs, Andrew J. Viterbi, and Harvey P. White in July 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
1969 - 1985

Linkabit was a technology company founded in 1968 by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi and Leonard Kleinrock. Linkabit and alumni have created a large number of technology companies, most notably, Qualcomm. Linkabit is currently a division of L-3 Communications.

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
1966 - 1972

The University of California, San Diego (also referred to as UC San Diego or UCSD) is a public research university located in La Jolla, California, United States. Established in 1960 near the pre-existing Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD is the seventh oldest of the 10 University of California campuses and offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UCSD is one of America's Public Ivy universities, which recognizes top public research universities in the United States.

Boards & Committees
Prior - 1985
Member, Board of Directors
Member of the Advisory Board
Member, Board of Governors
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Tour Engine, Inc. operates as an engineering company that builds internal combustion engine. The company was founded by Oded Tour and Hugo Tour in 2005 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

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Biological Dynamics, Inc. engages in the development of cancer diagnostic solutions for labs and homes. Its platform offers a way to isolate cell-free nanoparticles and macromolecules directly from whole blood, serum, or plasma. The firm also develops a suite of oncology tests for early cancer detection, treatment response, and recurrence monitoring. The company was founded by Raj Krishnan, Edward D. Truitt III, Michael J. Heller, Roy Lefkowitz, and David Charlot in 2008 and is headquartered in San Diego, CA.

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Devpost, Inc. provides an online marketplace for challenges. It operates an online competition platform and community that specializes in hackathons for software makers and organizations. The firm offers Devpost that helps software makers to gain exposure, showcase software projects to people around the world, and win prizes through competitions & hackathons that enables organizations to drive adoption of their API, SDK and open dataset. The company was founded by Brandon Kessler in 2009 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Awards & Honors
Rank #1567
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #1577
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
Rank #1118
Forbes Magazine - The World's Billionaires
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