Two US engineers win top honour in Spain
Two US engineers have been honoured for their work in email and mobile phone technology with this year's Prince of Asturias award.Madrid – Two US engineers have been honoured for their work in email and mobile phone technology with this year's Prince of Asturias award for scientific and technological research, the organisation said.
The recipients are Martin Cooper, considered the father of the cellphone, and Raymond Samuel Tomlinson who came up with the idea of using the "@" symbol -- known as the at sign -- in email addresses to separate the user's name from the domain.
Each winner of one of Spain's top honours will receive a prize of EUR 50,000 (USD 69,300).
The Prince of Asturias awards are also given in the fields of communication and humanities, arts, international cooperation, letters, international cooperation and sport.
Named after Crown Prince Felipe, the awards are presented in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo, capital of the Asturias region, at a glittering ceremony that is broadcast live on Spanish television.
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