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H O N O R A R Y

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M E M B E R S H I P

J O I N T

AWA R D

2012 IEEE
Honorary Membership

2012 IEEE/RSE
Wolfson James Clerk Maxwell Award

Sponsored by IEEE

Funded by Wolfson Microelectronics plc

Yoshio Utsumi

Gerhard M. Sessler

For leadership in policy and initiatives leading to the
growth of information and communication technologies

For pioneering contributions to electroacoustic
transducers, the development of silicon microphone
technology, and seminal work on electroactive materials

Yoshio Utsumi's vision and expertise have helped shape world
policy on emerging information and communications technologies and paved the way for Internet Protocol (IP) communications
networks and standards for 3G mobile communications. In
Japan, Dr. Utsumi's policy-making decisions during the 1980s
were instrumental in introducing fully competitive telecommunications services and privatization of Nippon Telegraph and
Telephone. His reforms resulted in a sharp drop in telephone
rates and expansion of the cellular market. Dr. Utsumi's efforts
also enabled the introduction of Internet services in Japan and
the high penetration of broadband networks seen there today,
with over 99% of all households having access to optical-fiber
subscriber lines. Serving as secretary general of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) from 1998 to 2006, Dr. Utsumi
transformed one of the world's oldest international organizations into a leader for the emerging information society. He
helped navigate the change from traditional telephone-based
technology to IP-based technology and led the adaptation of
international rules to meet the needs of the emerging technologies. The ITU's standardization efforts under Utsumi's leadership
have helped realize today's all-IP communications networks and
3G mobile communications. His organization of the two phases
of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) resulted
in adoption of many international agreements such as the
Geneva Declaration of Principles and the Tunis Agenda for the
Information Society. WSIS agreements provide world leaders
with a clear roadmap for shaping a people-centered, inclusive,
and development-oriented information society.

Gerhard M. Sessler has helped revolutionize the modern microphone market not once but twice during his career. Dr. Sessler
and co-worker James West at Bell Labs invented the first
polymer electret condenser microphone in 1962, which provided
high performance at a smaller size and lower cost. He discovered that certain polymers could be permanently charged by a
number of methods to become stable electrets. When placed
between the electrodes of a condenser microphone, the need
for external bias was eliminated, resulting in a much simpler,
efficient device. The technology was commercialized in 1968
and soon became the world's dominant microphone, replacing
the carbon-button microphone that was used in telephones for
100 years and finding applications wherever microphones are
being used. Working with Dietmar Hohm at the Darmstadt
University of Technology, Dr. Sessler designed the first microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) condenser microphone
based on silicon micromachining in 1983 (the first all-silicon and
first one-chip microphone). His lab developed refined micromachining techniques, enabling the creation of miniaturized
microphones with superior electroacoustics. These microphones
were introduced to the market in 2002 and are used mostly in
mobile phones but also in laptops, PDA's, MP-3 players, and
hearing aids. At Darmstadt, Dr. Sessler also developed the laserinduced pressure-pulse method for investigating charge and
polarization distributions in thin polymer films with micrometer
resolution. This has become a leading method for mapping
electroactive polymers and polymers used for cable insulation,
leading to improved properties of power cables.

Dr. Utsumi is currently president of the Japan Telecommunications
Engineering and Consulting Service and advisor to Toyota Info
Technology Center Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

An IEEE Life Fellow, Dr. Sessler is currently a professor of electroacoustics with Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

Scope: For those who have rendered meritorious service to
humanity in IEEE's designated fields of interest and who are not
members of IEEE

Scope: For groundbreaking contributions that have had an exceptional impact on the development of electronics and
electrical engineering or related fields

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