NEW YORK — This fall, EE Times will kick off a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary year. Through coverage and various activities online, in a special digital edition and at events, we plan to honor 40 visionaries, technologies and disruptions that have rewritten the rules—of technology, of the industry, sometimes of society—over the last four decades.
We’re asking all of you in the EE Times community for your help in selecting and celebrating our “Top 40.” We invite you to share your stories about the engineers and other visionaries who rose to the occasion and changed the world we live in.
One proviso: Our coverage will not be a mere retread of the well-worn stories of the industry’s past. We’re not looking for Wikipedia-style histories of the “fathers” of given technologies.
Rather, we’re looking to tell the untold stories behind some of the industry’s pioneering personalities and watershed developments. The idea is for the extended EE Times community—editors and readers alike—to learn things we never knew before about 40 topics in which we thought we were well versed.
So, please chime in. Who are your heroes? Who do you think should be heralded for changing society through their disruptive innovations?
We’ll get the ball rolling by sharing 10 names that we’ve kicked around during editorial meetings. The Pioneers
• Marty Cooper, the inventor who demonstrated the cell phone by making the first public cell phone call, from New York City, in 1972;
• Morris Chang, who laid the groundwork for the foundry services business;
• Irwin Jacobs, the EE and company co-founder behind Qualcomm’s arsenal of CDMA patents;
• Shuji Nakamura, innovator of the blue laser diode;
• Elon Musk, space entrepreneur;
• Steve Jobs, for his role in revolutionizing the recording industryThe Technologies
• Android (Andy Rubin);
• Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (John Goodenough)
• Skype (Niklas Zennström);
• The analog- to digital-TV transition (Reed Hundt);
• The “Intel Inside” campaign (Dennis Carter).
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Send us your nominees.
And lest you think we’ll spend our anniversary year mired in the past, rest assured that we’ll also be looking forward. Indeed, we will peek into the future through the eyes of the world’s engineering students—the innovators who will shape technology for the next 40 years. We’ll also be collecting experts’ opinions on how they see the core technologies evolving over the next several decades.
For now, though, we look forward to hearing about your Top 40 nominees.