Think of the internet which has permeated every aspect of our lives these days, truly indispensable in this day and age- and possibly the greatest invention of the past century. Apparently, a lot of that would not have been possible without Ghanaian engineer Victor B. Lawrence.
Lawrence is credited as the inventor of signal processing in telecommunication, an invention that made the modern internet more efficient. He improved internet transmission, made high-speed connections more widely available, and kick-started the spread of the web globally.
He would be joined by fifteen other inventors to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, at a ceremony CBS News describes as the ‘Oscars’ for inventors.
The sixteen would be formally inducted into the hall of fame at a ceremony held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery on May 5, 2016. They would be joining an august ensemble that contains luminaries such as Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.
Victor Lawrence was born in Ghana, and is a graduate of Achimota. An electrical engineer, he has been with Bell laboratories for most of his career.
“Lawrence developed his signature achievement in the 1980s as the world started moving away from data transmissions bogged down by masses of wires and cords to a more wireless future. After completing his PhD from the University of London, he was recruited by AT&T” CBS News reports.
“I was so humbled when I found out. I did not believe it, because this is such a great honor,” he told the network.
“For me, this is something that I was really not expecting, it is really a big honor for me.”
For now, Lawrence wants to concentrate on sending Internet to far flung places of the world. Does he mean like Ghana, cuz we really need some proper internet down here.
“This work that I’ve done has really filtered almost every aspect of our modern lives. You can find it in communications in DSL, in phones, in EKG machines in medicine – it really infiltrates all aspects of our lives,” he said.
“I have this passion of brining the Internet to the far off nations of this world, and connect a number of countries that have no or limited Internet access,”