Your programs, including The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact, Square One TV, Ghostwriter, CRO, Big Bag, and Dragon Tales, have achieved 79 Emmy Awards, and have received scores of other honors across the globe.
As Britains Lion of the Left, you served in the 1980s as the unofficial philosopher and intellectual conscience of the Labour Party, laying the groundwork for New Labour and forever altering the course of British politics With your elegant, readable prose you have reached broad popular audiences, sharing the fruits of critical historical interpretation with a huge audience.
Beginning your teaching career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you co-authored a textbook in 1965 on digital communications, Principles of Communication Engineering, that has attained the status of classic and is still used in classrooms throughout the country In 1985, you founded QUALCOMM, the company that you have led to a place in the Fortune 500, the Standard & Poors 500 Index, and the Nasdaq Stock Market Amidst all the recognition, you have never wavered in your commitment to education, giving generously of both your time and your financial support.
As anchor of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, you offer a measured, intellectual alternative to infotainment. You treat television viewers with respect by imbuing your reporting with insight and substance
As moderator in election debates in each of the past four presidential campaigns, you have left an indelible mark of intelligence and integrity on the democratic process in the United States You championed accountable government when you provided continuous live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for the Public Broadcasting Service in 1973. Your partnership with Robert MacNeil on that occasion not only launched an historic public-television news partnership, but won you an Emmy award as well You have made profound contributions to American letters as well as broadcasting through your 12 novels, two memoirs, and three plays.
With homage to this former Penn faculty members vision of a liberatory formthe geodesic domethat unites incredible strength with economy and simplicity, you have generated the strongest fibers ever conceived. The countless potential applications of your manipulations of fullerenesfrom drug delivery to electrical circuitryopen whole new worlds of nanotechnological possibilities in the palms of our hands.
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