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Celebrating knowledge from Radio Astronomy

Submitter: Arnold van Ardenne
Description: Somewhat to his own surprise, but very deservedly, Dr John O'Sullivan from Australia has been awarded the European Inventor Award 2012 in the category "Non-European countries". The picture shows him (4th from left) and his fellow awardees at the award ceremony. This is what creativity looks like.

Some of us still remember John as a highly inspiring former ASTRON colleague (1975-83) and friend. We like to flatter ourselves with the thought that his time with us has inspired him also for the great successes to come. For instance, a 1977 article by Hamaker, O'Sullivan and Noordam is cited by John himself as one of the early papers that eventually led to WiFi. See also the AJDI of 29 Sept 2010.

The European Patent Office has now recognized his contributions with the following excerpt for his achievement:

"In the 1990s an Australian research team made up of John O'Sullivan, Terence Percival, Graham Daniels, Diethelm Ostry and John Deane created a technology for the high-speed wireless delivery of data between devices like computers and mobile phones over a network. Their invention made the wireless LAN as fast and powerful as the cabled solutions of the time, and is the basis for the wireless networking technology (Wi-Fi) now used in billions of devices worldwide. O'Sullivan and his team thus ushered in the age of high-speed, always-on, wireless connectivity we enjoy today."

For more info see: http://www.epo.org/news-issues/european-inventor/finalists/2012/osullivan.html
Copyright: Picture: Copyright European Patent Office
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