Developer of first commercial GPS receiver honored by Institute of Navigation

Developer of first commercial GPS receiver honored by Institute of Navigation
Phi Ward with ION 2008 Kepler Award

Phillip W. Ward, a pioneer designer and developer of GPS receivers, received the lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Navigation at its annual GNSS conference on September 19 in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Ward was senior technical staff member at Texas Instruments Defense Systems and Electronics Group for more than 20 years, where he developed five generations of GPS receivers including, in 1982, the first to enter the commercial market: the TI 4100 NAVSTAR Navigator.

Phillip W. Ward, a pioneer designer and developer of GPS receivers, received the lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Navigation at its annual GNSS conference on September 19 in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Ward was senior technical staff member at Texas Instruments Defense Systems and Electronics Group for more than 20 years, where he developed five generations of GPS receivers including, in 1982, the first to enter the commercial market: the TI 4100 NAVSTAR Navigator.

He holds nine patents, one of which was for the multiplexing technique used in the TI 4100.

The Johannes Kepler Award is given by the ION Satellite Division for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. Ward received the 2008 award for his pioneering work and subsequent teaching, consulting and publishing aimed at furthering the utility and advancement of commercial and military applications of the Global Positioning System.

Ward is a Fellow in ION, a non-profit technical society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of navigation. He is a senior member of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also serves on the Editorial Advisory Council for Inside GNSS magazine. He is principal of Navward GPS Consulting. Phil and his wife, Nancy, live in Garland, Texas.

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