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Teuvo Kalevi Kohonen

educator , Information scientist , Computer scientist

Teuvo Kalevi Kohonen, Finnish computer scientist, educator, information scientist, educator. Honorary title of Academician 2000.


Kohonen, Teuvo Kalevi was born on July 11, 1934 in Lauritsala, Finland. Son of Väinö and Tyyne Emilia Kohonen.


Diploma in engineering, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland, 1957. Licentiate in applied physics, Helsinki University of Technology, 1960. Doctor of Engineering in Physics, Helsinki University of Technology, 1962.

Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University York, England, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Åbo Academy, Turku, Finland, 1993. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), University Dortmund, Germany, 1997.


Assistant in Physics, Helsinki University of Technology 1957-1959. Research Association Finnish Atomic Energy Commission 1959-1962. Assistant Professor, in Physics, Helsinki University of Technology 65, Professor, of Technology Physics since 1965.

On leave as Visiting Professor University of Washington, Seattle 1968-1969. Research Professor Academy, of Finland 1975-1978. Commander.


  • Honorary title of Academician 2000.



Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Neural Networks Pioneer award 1991, Third Millennium medal 2000). Member Finnish Academy of Sciences, Finnish Academy Engineering Sciences, European Neural Network Society (president 1991-1992), International Association for Pattern Recognition (1st vice chairman 1982-1984), International Neural Network Society (governing board 1987-1989, 92-94, Lifetime Achievement award 1992), Pattern Recognition Society Finland (honorary), Finnish Society for Medical Physics and Medical Engineering (honorary), Brain Research Society Finland, European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (titular), Academy Scientiarum et Artium Europaea.


  • Other Interests

    Philosophy of music, literature.


Married Elvi Anneli Trast, May 16, 1959. Children: Virpi, Eevi, Jussi, Jukka.

Väinö Kohonen

Tyyne Emilia Kohonen

Elvi Anneli Trast

Virpi Kohonen

Eevi Kohonen

Jussi Kohonen

Jukka Kohonen