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In 1926, the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) awarded its Medal of Honor to Greenleaf Whittier Pickard. The award was in recognition of his contributions to research on crystal detectors, antennas, wave propagation, and noise suppression. During his long career, he was a leader in the creation of the radio engineering profession and a prolific author of research papers published in the Proceedings of the IEEE. He served as the second president of the IRE during 1913.