In Memoriam: February 2017

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 February 2017

Robert W. Fuller

Electrical engineer

Life Senior Member, 91; died 15 October

Fuller was an electrical engineer for 44 years. When he retired, he was a sales manager at Square D, an electrical equipment manufacturer with headquarters in Andover, Mass. He also served as lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and again during the Korean War.

He was a member of the IEEE Industry Applications Society and was named Man of the Year in 1987 by the society’s IEEE Textile Fiber and Film committee. He volunteered at Potter’s House of the Greensboro (N.C.) Urban Ministry, which provides free meals to people in need, as well as at Senior Wheels, a medical transportation program for the elderly.

Fuller received electrical engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.


Robert Moles

Signal integrity expert

Life Member, 83; died 4 November

Moles was an expert in signal integrity as well as electromagnetic modeling and simulation. He also helped develop communications standards for the Internet.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Queen Mary College, in London, and then moved to Canada to work as a radar engineer at Westinghouse, in Hamilton, Ont. He later moved to Massachusetts and worked for Honeywell, a manufacturer of automation and control systems, in Boston, and Data General, a computer firm in Westborough. Toward the end of his career he moved back to London and was a consultant at Signal Integrity Software before retiring in 2007.

Moles was a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems, IEEE Communications, IEEE Computer, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques, and IEEE Solid-State Circuits societies.


Joseph Grevious

Electrical engineer

Life Member, 86; died 5 November

Grevious was a founding member of the Institute of Radio Engineers’ Professional Group on Radio Frequency. The IRE was one of IEEE’s predecessors. Later, he joined the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society.

Grevious received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from City College of New York. He earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1977 and a master’s in accounting in 1984, both from Long Island University, in New York City.


Mambillikalathil Govind Kumar “M.G.K.” Menon

Physicist and policymaker

Honorary Member, 88; died 22 November

Menon served as India’s science and technology education minister under V.P. Singh, who was prime minister in 1989 and 1990. He was director of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Mumbai, from 1966 to 1975.

He joined TIFR as a researcher in 1955 and experimented with cosmic rays and studied the properties of fundamental particles. He was named director following the death of the institute’s founder, Homi J. Bhabha.

From 1986 to 1989 Menon served as science advisor to India’s prime minister, Rajiv Ghandi. He was vice president of India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in 1989 and 1990. He served as a member of parliament from 1990 to 1996.

Menon received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Jaswant College, Jodhpur, and the Royal Institute of Science, Mumbai. He earned a Ph.D. in particle physics in 1953 from the University of Bristol, in England.


John “Eric” Iwersen

Semiconductor pioneer

Life Fellow, 88; died 22 January

Iwersen spent most of his career as a research engineer at Bell Laboratories, where he specialized in microelectronics and helped develop transistors.

He was elevated to Fellow in 1973 “for contributions and leadership in the development of semiconductor devices.” He was a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

Iwersen received a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1955 from Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore.

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