He was acknowledged for his contribution in revolutionising high speed wireless delivery of multimedia services. He conceptualised using multiple antennas at both the transmitting and the receiving end to enhance the high speed of WiFi and 4G mobile systems.
Sir David Payne, chairman of the Marconi Society Professor said,"Paul has made profound contributions to wireless technology, and the resulting benefit to mankind is indisputable. Every wifi router and 4G phone today uses MIMO technology pioneered by him."
"MIMO will soon be pervasive in all wireless devices. Moreover, Paulraj's work has provided fertile ground for thousands of researchers to explore and advance MIMO's potential to enhance wireless spectrum efficiency," he further added.
As a reaction to the announcement, Paul said, "In telecom there are two top recognitions; the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal which has a bias toward theoretical contributions, and the Marconi Prize, which honours contributions that convert breakthrough ideas into products benefiting billions of people. I am incredibly honoured to have won both. The Marconi Prize emphasises service to humanity. It is the highest recognition I can imagine."
Each year Marconi Society recognises one or more scientists who pursue advances in communications and information technology for the social, economic and cultural development of all humanity.
Founded by Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, the society acknowledges the work of one or more scientists who contribute to the field of communications and information technology for the betterment of the people.