The Life and Work of Marvin Kenneth Simon

Mohamed Slim Alouini, Ezio Biglieri, Dariush Divsalar, Samuel Dolinar, Andrea J. Goldsmith, Larry B. Milstein

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It is a measure of the importance and profundity of Marvin Kenneth Simon's contributions to communication theory that a tribute article and tutorial about his life and work is of current research relevance in spite of the continually accelerating rate of evolution in this area. Marv, as the entire community affectionately knew him, was one of the most prolific and influential communications researchers of his generation. Moreover, he laid the foundation for many of the techniques used in communication systems today. Marv's death on September 23, 2007 continues to engender pangs not only of sadness at the passing of a great friend to many in our community, but also of regret that he is no longer with us to help in resolving the many challenges facing communication systems today.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7802598
Pages (from-to)1551-1566
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Marvin Kenneth Simon
  • fading channels
  • life and work
  • multiple symbol MPSK differential detection
  • multiuser interference cancellation
  • software defined radio
  • spread spectrum
  • synchronization
  • trellis coded modulation


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