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engineer , university professor , computer scientist

Norman Abramson, American Electronics executive. Patentee in field recipient Koji Kobayshi Computers and Communications award Institute of Elec. and Electronics Engineers, 1995. Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEe Information Theory Society (Golden Jubilee award for Technology Innovation 1998).

Background

Abramson, Norman was born on April 1, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Edward and Esther (Vaslavsky) Abramson.

Education

AB, Harvard University, 1953; Master of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1955; Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1958.

Career

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he received an A.B. in physics from Harvard University (1953), an M.A. He worked as a research engineer in the Hughes Aircraft Company until 1955, when he joined the faculty at Stanford University (1955–65), was visiting professor at University of California at Berkeley (1966), before moving to University of Hawaii (1968–94), serving as professor of both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of Aloha Systems. He served as a CTO of Aloha Networks, which he co-founded in San Francisco in 1994. His early research concerned radar signal characteristics and sampling theory, as well as frequency modulation and digital communication channels, error correcting codes, pattern recognition and machine learning and computing for seismic analysis.

In the late 1960s he worked on the ALOHAnet and continued to develop spread spectrum techniques in the 1980s.

Achievements

  • 1972: IEEE Sixth Region Achievement Award for contributions to Information Theory and Coding.\r\n1980: IEEE Fellow Award for development of the ALOHA-System..\r\n1992: Pacific Telecommunications Council 20th Anniversary Award for leadership in the PTC.\r\n1995: IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award for development of the ALOHA System.\r\n1998: Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society, for "the invention of the first random-access communication protocol".\r\n2000: Technology Award from the German Eduard Rhein Foundation.\r\n2007: IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal.\r\n2011: C&C Prize.

Works

Membership

Fellow: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Koji Kobayshi Computers and Communications award 1995, Alexander Graham Bell medal 2007), International Engineering Consortium, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Information Theory Society (Golden Jubilee award for Technology Innovation 1998).

Connections

Married Joan Freulich, July 4, 1954. Children— Mark David, Carin Lynn.

father:
Edward Abramson

mother:
Esther (Vaslavsky) Abramson

spouse:
Joan Freulich

child:
Mark David Abramson

child:
Carin Lynn Abramson