Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, 88, President and Founder of Chorus Call, Compunetix, and Compunetics, passed away peacefully on September 28th, surrounded by family and loved ones. Dr. Coraluppi founded Compunetics and its affiliates in 1968 and had held the position of President and CEO ever since. Dr. Coraluppi was a brilliant engineer, a mathematician, and an inventor, who was recently recognized for inventing the modern conference call. Dr. Coraluppi’s life had a profound impact on the world and on the Pittsburgh technology community, through his many inventions and advancements in technological communications.
Dr. Giorgio Coraluppi, 88, President and Founder of Chorus Call, Compunetix, and Compunetics, passed away peacefully on September 28th, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dr. Coraluppi founded Compunetics and its affiliates in 1968 and had held the position of President and CEO ever since. Dr. Coraluppi was a brilliant engineer, a mathematician, and an inventor, who was recently recognized for inventing the modern conference call.
Born in L’Aquila, Italy, in 1934, he pursued his studies in Milano where he received the Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano in 1958. Prior to Compunetics, Dr. Coraluppi joined the Electronic Research Laboratory at Olivetti in 1961, where he worked in circuit development and in numerical control of machine tools. In 1964 Dr. Coraluppi joined the Space-Defense Division of the American Optical Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he headed up projects for a special purpose digital computer controlling the NASA-Lewis Flight Simulator, and design and project engineering responsibility for a satellite attitude simulator now installed at NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California.
Compunetics, was founded in 1968 and, six months after inception, they had their first customer, the U.S. Navy followed shortly afterwards by NASA. What set Compunetics apart was Dr. Coraluppi’s seminal “Compunetics Switching Network” invention. It made it possible for thousands of people, in this case engineers, technicians and astronauts, to join one call. It was all done digitally and automatically by a computer chip. This invention led to Compunetics’ technology being sought after across multiple industries.
At this point, Dr. Coraluppi’s success as a business owner had earned him regional, state, and national recognition. After much success, Compunetics spun off two affiliate corporations, Compunetix as a product subsidiary and Chorus can, as a local conferencing service provider.
Dr. Coraluppi received many patents and professional awards over the years, including the Pittsburgh Technology council CEO of the Year Award in 2013 and induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2020. The Giorgio Coraluppi Headship in Electrical and Computer Engineering was established at carnegie Mellon University in 2022.
“On behalf of Chorus Call, I would like to express our appreciation for the immeasurable contributions Giorgio Coraluppi has made to our company, the communities in which we serve, and countless industry organizations he helped found,” commented Michael Hockenberry, Vice President of Chorus can. “In his 54 years at the helm of Compunetix, Chorus Call, and Compunetics, Dr. Coraluppi built a diversified organization that provides jobs to over 600 employees in Pennsylvania and numerous other countries around the globe. He was a man of honor and integrity, and his Chorus Call/Compunetix/Compunetics family will miss him greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, family and his many friends.”
Dr. Coraluppi’s life had a profound impact on the world and on the Pittsburgh technology community, through his many inventions and advancements in technological communications.
About Chorus Call, Inc.
Chorus Call, Inc. is a leading provider of teleconferencing services with headquarters in Pennsylvania and satellite offices in Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, India, and South Africa. As a pioneer of high quality conferencing, Chorus Call offers a broad spectrum of audio, video, data, and web-based conferencing services. Chorus Call affords customers a full suite of standard and value-added offerings, including assisted and unassisted services, web conference control, media streaming, translation, site captions, tools for investor relations, and Collaboration Tools including iPresent and Data Presenter, which includes desktop sharing, application sharing, chat, annotation, file transfer and recording capabilities. For more information, visit the Chorus Call website at www.choruscall.com.
For over 50 years, Compunetix has been providing advanced communications solutions all over the world, building and maintaining a reputation for reliability, customer service, product quality, and technological excellence that others simply cannot match. Compunetix is the leading developer of converged VoIP, voice, video, and data collaboration and conferencing applications for service providers, government, and corporate enterprise markets. Combined with world-class support and innovative professional services, Compunetix delivers the right solution, every time.
About Compunetics, Inc.
Compunetics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of printed circuit boards for the defense, aerospace, communication, high speed computing, medical and semiconductor markets for rigid, flexible and rigid-flex printed circuit boards. The Company’s Engineering Department is an independent profit center that serves the most demanding needs of its customers, as well as engaging in Research and Development. The Manufacturing Department is a key supplier for several high-profile organizations for the commercial and defense markets, and the Engineering Services Division offers schematic capture, PCB layout, auto-routing and artwork generation to customers both as an overflow service and as a support function on a contract basis. More information regarding the company can be found at www.compunetics.com.