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educator , Computer scientist

Carver Andress Mead, American computer scientist, educator. Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Harry H. Goode Memorial award 1985, John von Neumann medal 1996, Centennial medal 1984), American Physical Society; member: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering (Founders award 2003), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Science (foreign), Sigma Xi.

Background

Mead, Carver Andress was born on May 1, 1934 in Bakersfield, California, United States.

Education

Bachelor of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1956. Master of Science, California Institute of Technology, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, 1960.

Doctor (honorary), University Lund, Sweden, 1987. Doctor (honorary), University Southern California, 1991.

Career

Electrical engineering instructor California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1958—1959, professor engineering and applied science, 1959—1980, Gordon and Betty Moore professor engineering and applied science, 1980-1999, Gordon and Betty Moore professor engineering and applied science emeritus, since 1999. Co-founder Actel corporation, 1985, Synaptics, 1986, others. Co-founder, chairman Foveon, Inc., since 1997.

Co-founder, member board directors Impinj Inc., since 2000.

Achievements

  • Achievements include spearheading the development of tools and techniques for modern integrated-circuit design. Laying the foundation for fabless semiconductor companies. Catalyzing the electronic-design automation field.

    Built the first Gallium Arsenide Metal-Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor. First to use a physics-based analysis to predict a lower limit to transistor size. Developed the first techniques for designing big, complex microchips.

    Created the first software compilation of a silicon chip. Created the first neurally inspired chips, including silicon retina and chips that learn from experience. Patents in field.

Works

Membership

Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Harry H. Goode Memorial award 1985, John von Neumann medal 1996, Centennial medal 1984), American Physical Society. Member: National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering (Founders award 2003), Royal Swedish Academy Engineering Science (foreign), Sigma Xi.