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Engineer , physicist , university professor

Maurice Karnaugh, American computer scientist, educator. With United States Army, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; member International Council Computer Communications (governor emeritus since 1988).

Background

Karnaugh, Maurice was born on October 4, 1924 in New York City. Son of George Victor and Fannie (Weinstein) Karnaugh.

Education

Karnaugh studied mathematics and physics at City College of New York (1944–48) and transferred to Yale University to complete his B.Sc. (1950) and Ph.D. in physics with a thesis on The Theory of Magnetic Resonance and Lambda-Type Doubling in Nitric-Oxide (1952).

Career

(1949), M.Sc. Karnaugh worked at Bell Labs (1952–66), developing the Karnaugh map (1954) as well as patents for PCM encoding and magnetic logic circuits and coding. He later worked at IBM's Federal Systems Division in Gaithersburg (1966–70) and at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1970–89), studying multistage interconnection networks. Karnaugh was elected an IEEE Fellow in 1976, and held an adjunct position at Polytechnic University of New York at the Westchester campus from 1980 to 1999.

He has been married to the former Linn Blank Weil since 1970.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on digital switching and artificial intelligence to professional journals. Patentee in field.

Membership

With United States Army, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Member International Council Computer Communications (governor emeritus since 1988).

Connections

Married Linn Blank; children: Robert Victor, Paul Joseph.

father:
George Victor Karnaugh

mother:
Fannie (Weinstein) Karnaugh

spouse:
Linn Blank

children:
Robert Victor Karnaugh

Paul Joseph Karnaugh