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The IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal was established in 1976 by the IEEE Board of Directors in commemoration of the centennial of the telephone's invention and to provide recognition for outstanding contributions to telecommunications.

The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 was a major event in electrotechnology. It was instrumental in stimulating the broad telecommunications industry that has dramatically improved life throughout the world. As an individual, Bell himself exemplified the contributions that scientists and engineers have made to the betterment of mankind.

Sponsor: Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent

Presented to: An individual or team up to three in number

Scope: For exceptional contributions to the advancement of communications sciences and engineering

Prize: The award consists of a gold medal, a bronze replica, a certificate, and honorarium.

Basis for Judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: value of contribution to communication among people, value of contribution to communication sciences and engineering, evaluation of contributor, evaluation of nominator and references, timeliness of recognition, and quality of nomination.

Nomination deadline: 1 July

Notification: Recipients are typically approved during the November IEEE Board of Directors meeting. Recipients and their nominators will be notified following the meeting. Then the nominators of unsuccessful candidates will be notified of the status of their nomination.

Presentation: At the annual IEEE Honors Ceremony


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Medal nomination forms


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Medal recipients


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Medal committee members

  • Andrea Goldsmith, Chair
  • Sergio Verdu, Past Chair
  • Helmut Boelskei
  • Max Costa
  • Marco Ajmone Marsan
  • Daniel Palomar
  • Giuseppe Caire
  • Thomas Richardson
  • Muriel Medard


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Awards Nomination Deadlines

2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony

2014 IEEE Honors Ceremony