A Biography of Andrew Viterbi Descriptive Essay by jenis

A Biography of Andrew Viterbi
The paper is a biography of Andrew J. Viterbi
# 109374 | 1,600 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The author of the paper describes Andrew J. Viterbi as a great engineer of the past and present century and states that his success in communication systems helped the United States become a world leader in technological competition. In particular, the writes cites the famous Viterbi algorithm and achievements in CDMA cell phone development. The paper chronicles Viterbi's life from when he left Italy with his parents in the summer of 1939, the family's struggle to settle in the US and Viterbi's development into one of the country's leading engineers. The paper is accompanied by a number of photographs.

A Genius of the Past and Present: Andrew J. Viterbi
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From the Paper:

"At a very young age Viterbi was already dreaming of becoming an engineer. When his family moved to Boston, he used to spend his time day dreaming about attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT is one of the highest ranked universities not only in the US, but worldwide. Viterbi would visualize himself as a student at MIT, but he knew his family could not afford it at that time and he would have to work hard in order to have a chance to get there, Viterbi had to get a scholarship (Morton). With hard work and a strong will Viterbi got it. He was ranked fourth among 225 students in his class and was accepted by MIT. He still had to work part time in order to fulfill his needs. He worked at Raytheon in the semiconductor area. At that time it was called the "transistor department." As he studied, he was already working as an engineer on communication equipment, designing electrical circuits and writing some diagnostic programs for radio links and early television. In the evenings he had classes."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "America's First Satellite. America joined the space race with the launch of this small, but important spacecraft." No date. Online image. Jet Propulsion Laboratory. California Institute of Technology. 3 March, 2008. <http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/spacecraft/ Explorer%2B1>
  • Bell, Trudy. "The Quiet Genius: Andrew J. Viterbi." [Online] Available at: <www.tbp.org/ pages/Publications/Bent/Features/Sp06Bell.pdf>, 3 March, 2008.
  • Brown, Sasha. "Andrew Viterbi '56, SM '57." 2008. Online image. MIT Alumni Association. 3 March 2008. <http://alum.mit.edu/ne/noteworthy/profiles/viterbi.html>
  • Morton, David. ANDREW VITERBI An Interview. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Available at: <www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs_iportals/iportals/aboutus/history_center/oral_historypdfs/Viterbi377.pdf>
  • Nikias, Max. USC School of Engineering Dean. "Dean's Message". [Online] Available at: <http://viterbi.usc.edu/about/viterbi/viterbi_deans_message.htm> 3 March, 2008.

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