Businessman, academic and philanthropist Andrew J. Viterbi has given $50 million to UC San Diego to support its ophthalmology programs. The university made the announcement on Aug. 23.

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Andrew Viterbi

Viterbi’s gift will name The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and The Viterbi Family Vision Research Center, and create six new endowed chairs for university faculty.

Viterbi co-founded Linkabit Corp. and later, co-founded Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM). Viterbi, who holds a doctorate, developed the Viterbi Algorithm, a milestone achievement in communications.

The new gift will honor Viterbi’s father, ophthalmologist Achille Viterbi.

The $50 million gift is part of UC San Diego’s $2 billion fundraising effort, called the Campaign for UC San Diego.