Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

The Light Reading Hall of Fame will add five more names this year, and we'd like your input on selecting them.

We've suggested some names, below. Your job is to rank them by dragging and dropping them with your mouse.

We chose this method of polling for two reasons:
  1. It allows readers to show support for multiple candidates, allowing for a wider, more statistically accurate sampling of opinions
  2. It looks so cool

So, take the poll below, justify your answers on the message boards -- and, while you're at it, feel free to suggest write-in candidates. Better yet, nominate your favorite by going to the Leading Lights entry page: lightreading.com/leadinglights.

If you're wondering who these people are, here's a glimpse of our thinking:

  • Matt Bross: He took vendors' pre-IPO stock at Williams; he led 21CN at BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), and now he's putting an American spin on Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. A man for all seasons.

  • John D'Ambrosia: He's been instrumental in shepherding Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) high-speed Ethernet standards since 10Gbit/s counted as "high speed," and he's the point man for early Terabit Ethernet work.

  • Stuart Elby: He helped lead Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) toward its next-generation optical network and is now pushing the carrier toward software-defined networking.

  • Richard Frenkiel: While at Bell Labs , he helped create the AMPS cellular networking system.

  • Jack Grubman: A research analyst at Salomon Smith Barney, Grubman became a central figure in the investigation of investment-bank ethics.

  • David Huber: CEO of Corvis, a poster child for the optical bubble circa 1999.

  • Irwin Jacobs: Chairman of Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM), but nominated here for his role in creating CDMA.

  • Donald Keck: At Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW), he was instrumental in developing low-loss optical fiber -- optical networking's equivalent to the discovery of fire.

  • Drew Perkins/Dave Welch: Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) gave DWDM systems a radical reboot by taking advantage of semiconductor integration. (We're still debating which of these two to nominate.)

  • Rob Pullen: A 30-year veteran of Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA), Pullen was an excellent choice to become the face of the company as CEO. He passed away in early July and will be missed.

  • Richard Snelling: BellSouth executive who pushed for fiber-optic deployments starting in the late 1980s.

  • Ren Zhengfei: Founder of Huawei -- and yes, we know "Ren" is his family name, but it looked nice having the two "Z" people next to each other here.

  • Niklas Zennstrom: Founder of Skype, now working 4G angles with FreedomPop.

— Craig Matsumoto, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:25:21 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

For reference, here are the 11 previous Hall of Famers.

Keep in mind, the HoF celebrates the infamous as well as the famous -- hence the inclusion of Dowidar, who turned off cellular and Internet service during the 2011 protests.  Just something to consider when ranking the candidates.

Kobi Alexander, Comverse
John Cioffi , Stanford/Amati/Assia
Bernie Ebbers, MCI/UUnet
Craig McCaw, McCaw Cellular/Clearwire
Bob Metcalfe, ex-Xerox PARC

Ed Whitacre, AT&T
Joseph Nacchio, Qwest
Hatem Dowidar, Vodafone Egypt
Martin Cooper, Motorola
Gary Smith, Ciena
Steve Jobs, Apple

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:25:20 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

Also, when you take the poll, you'll see "100%" for all the responses -- which is technically correct but not very useful, I know.  SurveyGizmo needs time to tabulate the results in this kind of "ranking" poll, so we'll find ways to keep you updated on how the voting is going.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:25:19 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

This is cool because we can get a clear visual view of who are making it in the top five. There are some interesting submissions via www.lightreading.com/leadingli..., too. Don't forget that way of letting us know who we've left off.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 5:25:17 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame


I believe Ed W. was with ATT pre break up, Southwestern Bell, SWBC, SBC, then ATT as the Baby Bell bought up many of its former siblings and eventually absorbing its parent.  I don't think he was ever with VZ.


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:25:16 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

You're correct, Sailboat-  thanks!  I typed those lists freehand and had a fingers-before-brain moment.  I'll go back and fix it.

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 5:25:16 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

How about Glenn Welbrock of VZ?  He is they key to making Elby's vision actually happen.

He has made more than one vendor's fortunes by strategic decisions about suppliers.  His crew leads the work on evaluating what comes next with world record results in 100gig, 400g, Terabit.... dynamic spectrum allocation, adaptive modulation.....etc.

I would say he has had a longer / larger effect on the network than one or two of those on your list.

How about Koley from Google: architected their network and changed how we do networks.

Another I think would be interesting to include would be A. V. Krishnamoorthy from Oracle. I think the work he is doing might change the future.   


Fsaterrats 12/5/2012 | 5:25:15 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

Irwin commercialized it...

From QCOM's website:

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<h3 class="h3 font-replace ">The Roots of CDMA are in...Hollywood!?</h3>

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Once described as the most beautiful woman in the world, actress Hedy Lamarr was one of Hollywood&rsquo;s most glamorous silver screen goddesses of the 1930&rsquo;s and 40&rsquo;s. But Ms. Lamarr had another talent: she was brilliant.

Working together with avante-garde music composer George Antheil, Lamarr came up with the notion that multiple frequencies could be used to send a single radio transmission &ndash; a concept that&rsquo;s now known as frequency hopping. The concept would eventually provide the basis for the CDMA airlink, which Qualcomm first commercialized in 1995. Today, CDMA and its core principles provide the backbone for wireless communications, thanks to the creative vision of one extraordinary woman.
&ldquo;Films have a certain place in a certain time period, but technology is forever.&rdquo; - Hedy Lamarr

She was hot, smart and risque for her time (topless in a mainstream movie (in water)) in 1940.


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:25:11 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

Ah, good point, Fsaterrats.

And Hedy's co-inventor, IIRC, was George Antheil, a maverick classical composer. He wrote the Ballet Mechanique, a piece that included 16 player pianos and an air siren.


(Height of geekery: I actually mentioned this on LR back in 2004.)

^Eagle^ 12/5/2012 | 5:25:08 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

Lets just give Hedy the top spot. &nbsp;Nobody could be a more iconic member of the Hall of Fame! &nbsp;keyword: FAME. &nbsp;She should get her rightful place. &nbsp;

Sure, others are doing interesting work now. &nbsp;But who else has had such a lasting impact on wireless?

And besides, she would certainly class up the list!


Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:25:05 PM
re: Vote for LR's Hall of Fame

When you look at who's in the Hall of Fame so far ... Hedy would very much class up the place!&nbsp; I'm liking this idea, Sailboat.

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