April 20, 2016
"It can sometimes seem as though there’s a gaping chasm between theory and reality. But G. David Forney Jr., the recipient of this year’s IEEE Medal of Honor, masterfully straddles both realms, his colleagues say. A key figure in the development of the high-speed modem, a device that opened up the Internet and all its associated world-changing technologies, Forney has balanced the practical and the theoretical throughout his career. Over the years, he has not only made critical contributions to communications and information theory but also put some of this recondite mathematical theory into practice. And as a result, he can claim a key role in the greatest communications revolution in modern history."
Read more in IEEE Spectrum.