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Frederick Emmons Terman

educator , electronics engineer.

Frederick Emmons Terman, American educator, electronics engineer. award Stanford University, 1978; award 1962), National Academy Sci.


Terman, Frederick Emmons was born on June 7, 1900 in English, Indiana, United States. Son of Lewis Madison and Anna Belle (Minton) Terman.


Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1920, Electrical Engineer, 1922. Doctor of Science in Elec. Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1924.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Harvard University, 1945, U. B.C., 1950, Syracuse University, 1955, Southern Methodist U., 1977. Doctor of Hebrew Literature (honorary), J.F. Kennedy U., 1978.


Instructor to professor electrical engineering Stanford University, 1925-1937, executive head electrical engineering department, 1937-1945, dean engineering, 1945-1958, provost, 1955-1965, vice president, 1959-1965, emeritus, since 1965. President SMU Foundation Science and Engineering, 1965-1974. Consultant educational surveys, California, Colorado, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Utah, others, since 1965.

Director Harvard Radio Research Laboratory, 1942-1945. Member divisions 14 and 15 National Defense Research Committee, 1942-1945. Member special technical advisory group and TAPEC committee Department of Defense, 1953-1956.

Research and development advising committee Signal Corps, 1954-1962. Member Board Foreign Scholarships, Department State, 1960-1965. Advisory council Army Electronics Proving Ground, 1954-1957.

Member Naval Reserve Advisory Committee, 1956-1964, chairman, 1957-1958. Member Defense Science Board, 1957-1958. Director emeritus Hewlett-Packard Company.


  • Author several books, since 1927. (with J.M. Pettit) latest being Electronic Measurements, 1952, Electronic and Radio Engineering, 4th ed, 1955. Contributor to technical mags.

    Cons. editor: Elec. and Electronic Engineering Series of, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. Trustee Institute Defense Analyses, 1956-1973. Decorated by British government, 1946.

    United States Medal for Merit, 1948. Herbert Hoover medal Stanford Alumni Association, 1969. United States Medal Science, 1975.

    Uncommon Man award Stanford University, 1978. Order Civil Merit South Korea. Letter of Commendation President Carter, 1978.

    Silver medal Association Old Crows, 1980.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (president predecessor association 1941, medal of honor 1950, education medal 1956, founders award 1962), National Academy Science (chairman engineering section 1953-1955. Member, vice president 1949-1951, Lamme medal 1964, named to Hall of Fame 1968), Audio Engineering Society (honorary. Member), American Philosophical Society, National Academy Engineering (founding.


Married Sibyl Walcutt, March 22, 1928 (deceased. Children: Frederick Walcutt, Terence Christopher, Lewis Madison.

Lewis Madison Terman

Anna Belle (Minton) Terman

Sibyl Walcutt

Frederick Walcutt Terman

Terence Christopher Terman

Lewis Madison Terman