Jacob Ziv


Information and Communication Technologies

1st edition

The Information and Communication Technologies Award in this inaugural edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards has gone to Israeli engineering professor Jacob Ziv, one of the fathers of discoveries enabling such vital applications as the compression of the data, text, image and video files used in all personal computers.


The BBVA Foundation has awarded the 2008 Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Information and Communication Technologies to Professor Jacob Ziv. Jacob Ziv’s ground-breaking innovations in data compression have had a deep and lasting impact on both the theory and practice of communications and information technology.

Ubiquitous in everyday life, Ziv’s contributions enable efficient storage and transmission of text, data, images, and video. Computer memories, modems, software distribution, and file compression techniques all rely on Ziv’s ideas and inventions. His seminal contributions to information theory have inspired generations of researchers and practitioners alike. This award recognizes the fundamental role of his work in creating technologies that widely and deeply impact the information age.