"The prestigious awards will be presented to Paulraj and Asnani at our annual event Thursday at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington DC," Marconi Society chairman David Payne told IANS from the U.S.. Named after Nobel laureate Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937), who invented radio, Marconi Society annually awards outstanding individuals whose scope of work and influence emulate the principle of "creativity in service to humanity" that inspired the Italian inventor. Marconi's daughter Gioia Marconi Braga had set up the society in 1974 through an endowment.
Paulraj will receive $100,000 (60 lakh) honorarium and a sculpture, while the award for Asnani includes a cash prize of $4,000 (2.4 lakh), which is given to research scholars who are 27 at the time of nomination, as Marconi was when he invented wireless telegraphy.
"Paulraj's contributions to wireless technology, and the resulting benefit to humankind, are indisputable. Every WiFi (wireless fidelity) router and 4G phone uses Multiple Input-Multiple Output (MIMO) technology pioneered by him," Payne asserted.