- He obtained a Ph.D degree from ENST (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications), Paris, France, in 1997.
- From April 1997 to October 1998, he has been postdoctoral student at the Smart Antenna Research Group of the Information Systems Laboratory, Stanford University.
- From 1993 to 1997, he was with France Telecom Research, Paris, where he was involved in the development and study of receiver algorithms for digital radio communications systems.
- After a visit at Stanford University, he took part in end of 1998 in the founding team of Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, Ca (initially known as Gigabit Wireless), a startup company pioneering the first high-speed wireless internet access networks using MIMO and OFDM. The technology was acquired by Intel in 2002 and is now featured as part of the WiMax 802.16 standard.
Prof. David Gesbert is included in the Thomson Reuters list of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds for 2014"
- Has received the Fellow distinction from IEEE (2011)
- Best Paper Award 2012 of IEEE Signal Processing Magazine
- He authored or co-authored papers winning the 2004 IEEE Best Tutorial Paper Award (Communications Society) for a 2003 JSAC (Journal on Selected Areas in Communications) paper on MIMO systems,
- 2005 Best Paper (Young Author) Award for Signal Proc. Society journals.