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Carver A. Mead

AKA Carver Andress Mead

Born: 1-May-1934
Birthplace: Bakersfield, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Engineer, Inventor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Microelectronics

Carver Mead pioneered integrated-circuit chip designs, neural circuitry, neuromorphic engineering, and the physics of computation. He designed the first gallium-arsenide metal epitaxial semiconductor field effect transistor (MESFET), the basis for the HEMT (high electron mobility transistor), and with Lynn Conway he wrote the first textbook on very-large-scale integration (VLSI). He studied under Richard Feynman at California Institute of Technology, and spent his entire academic career there.

Among the numerous companies he has founded are Foveon (high-fidelity digital imaging systems), Sonic Innovations (digital hearing aids), and Synaptics (touchpad systems).

    University: BS Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1956)
    University: MS Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1957)
    University: PhD Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1960)
    Teacher: Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1957-67)
    Professor: Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1967-)

    National Medal of Technology and Innovation 2002
    Lemelson-MIT Prize 1999
    American Physical Society
    National Academy of Engineering
    National Academy of Sciences

Author of books:
Introduction to VLSI Systems (1980, with Lynn Conway)
Collective Electrodynamics: Quantum Foundations of Electromagnetism (2000)


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