The Marconi Prize
Awarded forExceptional contributions to the field of information and communication technology for the benefit of mankind.
Presented byMarconi Society
First awarded1975

The Marconi Prize is an annual award recognizing achievements and advancements made in field of communications (radio, mobile, wireless, telecommunications, data communications, networks, and Internet). The prize is awarded by the Marconi Society and it includes a $100,000 honorarium and a work of sculpture. Recipients of the prize are awarded at the Marconi Society's annual symposium and gala.

Occasionally, the Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on legendary late-career individuals, recognizing their transformative contributions and remarkable impacts to the field of communications and to the development of the careers of students, colleagues and peers, throughout their lifetimes.[1] So far, the recipients include Claude E. Shannon (2000, died in 2001), William O. Baker (2003, died in 2005), Gordon E. Moore (2005), Amos E. Joel Jr. (2009, died in 2008), Robert W. Galvin (2011, died in 2011), and Thomas Kailath (2017).


The Marconi Prize is awarded based on the candidate’s contributions in the following areas:

Marconi Fellow

The Marconi Prize winners are also named as Marconi Fellows.[3] The foundation and the prize are named after the honor of Guglielmo Marconi, a Nobel laureate and one of the pioneers of radio communications. Recipients of the Marconi Prize are also expected to pursue further creative work to advance the understanding and development of communications technology for the benefit of mankind.

List of Marconi Prize winners

Past winners of the Marconi Prize include Lawrence E. Page and Sergey Brin for the development of web search company Google, Tim Berners-Lee for his leadership and innovations in the World Wide Web, Nobel Laureate Charles K. Kao for developing fiber-optic communications, and Martin Hellman and Whitfield Diffie for their work in security - the Diffie–Hellman key exchange. The first award was given in 1975.

See also


  1. ^ "Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award".
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  3. ^ "Marconi Fellows".
  4. ^ "Indo American Professor A J Paulraj wins Marconi Prize 2014". IANS. Biharprabha News. 22 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Stanford engineer Bradford Parkinson, the 'Father of GPS,' wins prestigious Marconi Prize". 16 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Andrea Goldsmith becomes first woman to win the Marconi Prize, shattering a glass ceiling in the field of telecommunications". 30 April 2020.