UWE awards honorary degree to Professor Leon Chua

Issue date: 25 July 2011

UWE Awards ceremony at Bristol Cathedral

The University of the West of England will award the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Leon Chua in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of nonlinear circuit theory, cellular neural networks and memristors.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Environment and Technology on Monday 25 July 2011 at Bristol Cathedral.

Born in the Philippines of Chinese parents, Professor Chua graduated from the Mapua Institute of Technology in 1959. He went on to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1961, and completed a PhD at the University of Illinois in 1964.

Between 1964 and 1970, Professor Chua held the position of Assistant and then Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. He then went on to join the University of California at Berkeley in 1971, as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has been an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers since 1974.

Professor Chua is internationally recognised as a pioneer in three major research areas:

•nonlinear circuits, which are a key component of modern electronic devices

•cellular neural networks, which can be used for image processing and analyzing 3D surfaces

•chaos theory

He has published over 500 peer-reviewed journal papers and eight books. In 2002 Professor Chua received the top 15 most cited authors award, from all fields of engineering published during the 10-year period 1991 to 2001.

Professor Chua holds seven patents in the United States of America and has received numerous Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) prizes and awards for his work. These include the Browder J Thompson Memorial Prize in 1972, the WRG Baker Prize in 1978, the Frederick Emmons Terman Award in 1974, and he is twice winner of the most prestigious IEEE Circuits and Systems Award in 1995 and 1998. He received the first IEEE Gustav Kirchhoff Award, the Belgium Francqui Award, and the Vitold Belevitch Award. In 2000, Professor Chua was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal and the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award.

Professor Chua is Editor of the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, and series editor of the World Scientific Series on Nonlinear Science. He was elected as foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) in 1997. He is also a foreign number of the Hungarian Academy of Science, and a John Simon Guggenheim fellow.

He was Chairman of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society between 1995 and 2000.


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