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Researcher shares his algorithm for a successful life

Bertram Aaron, of Williamsburg, suggested Prof. Dr. Andrew Viterbi would be an interesting subject for an interview. I took him up on that idea.

Viterbi is best known for inventing the Viterbi Algorithm, which was key in the development of cellphones and satellite receivers. He co-founded Qualcomm Inc., with Irwin Jacobs, another friend of Aaron’s. Fortune Magazine listed both Viterbi and Jacobs as among America’s 400 richest individuals.

They are also listed as very generous philanthropists. In 2004, Viterbi, donated $52 million to the University of Southern California. Jacobs started by donating $31 million to the school where we obtained his post-graduate degrees, the...