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The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv

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Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv

Ziv received many prestigious awards, including the Israel Defense Award, the Israel Prize in Exact Sciences, the Marconi Award, the Richard Heming Medal, the Shannon Award, the Frontiers of Knowledge Award from the BBVA Foundation, and the EMET Prize.

Credit: The Technion

The Technion mourns the passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv, one of the most renowned scientists in the field of information theory, who passed away on March 25, at the age of 91.

Ziv, Technion Alumnus and one of the greatest researchers in the history of the Technion, joined the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering 53 years ago. He had held senior positions in the Technion and the Israeli Academy. In 2021, he became the first Israeli scientist to receive the IEEE Medal of Honor for Fundamental contributions to information theory and data compression technology, and for distinguished research leadership

Technion President Uri Sivan said "the scientific contribution of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv changed forever the way we store, process, and transfer information. He was an inspiration to all of us – a beacon of scientific excellence, a symbol of science's great potential to ignite technological revolutions that affect all of mankind.  For me, Prof. Ziv was not only an example and a role model, but also a mentor and a friend who walked beside me on my academic path at the Technion. May his memory be a blessing."

"Prof. Ziv was a great scientist and a great man," said Idit Keidar, dean of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "He left his mark not only on the way information is transmitted over computer networks and stored in files around the world, but also on the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, by his scientific path and his personal conduct. He taught and mentored researchers who followed in his footsteps. He led the faculty, in the capacity of dean, on the path to academic excellence. His research approach was characterized by combining deep theory with important practical applications. Prof. Ziv was an inspiration to us all. He will be missed. Together, we will continue in his path. May his memory be a blessing."

From Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
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