In Memoriam: October 2018

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

31 October 2018

Antonio Luis Eguizabal Rivas

Electrical engineer

Life member, 72; died 10 May

Eguizabal was born in Los Angeles. His family moved to New York state when he was a child, then relocated to his mother’s home country, Chile. At an early age, he began showing interest in all things electronic. He made drawings and sketches of abstract electronic designs, and at age 8 he assembled a working radio. He began repairing electronic equipment for friends and family, and did that as a side business while attending Universidad Técnica del Estado, in Santiago.

After graduating from the university, Eguizabal worked as a research assistant there. He then worked to help develop communication and electrical infrastructure for mines in the Andes.

He immigrated to Vancouver, B.C., Canada, in the 1970s with his family. While there, he worked for several marine, mining, robotics, and telecommunications companies including Microtel Pacific Research.

In the late 1990s he returned to the United States, where he worked for 18 years for a multinational corporation, tackling avionics, semiconductor, and telecommunications projects. He retired in 2015.

Throughout his career, Eguizabal wrote articles for engineering, radio, and telecommunications publications, including “Tunable State-Variable Bandpass Filter,” published in IEE Proceedings G: Electronic Circuits and Systems.

Amateur radio was a hobby of his, and he became a volunteer radio operator for the Vancouver Radio Emergency Response Service and Provincial Emergency Response Service. Years later, he obtained a U.S. radio license.

Eguizabal received a degree in electrical engineering in 1972 from the University of Chile in Santiago. He earned a master’s degree in EE in 1984 from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver.

Terence Hunter Oxley

Engineer, researcher, and writer

Life Fellow, 94; died 7 August

Oxley served in the British Royal Navy before joining GEC Research Laboratories, in Wembley, England, in 1946. GEC later became the Hirst Research Centre. He became an expert in microwave and millimeter-wave solid-state devices and circuits and in 1975 was appointed head of the HRC’s microwave components department.

In 1980, he joined Marconi Electronic Devices, where, as development manager, he was responsible for microwave and millimeter-wave R&D.

He wrote several books, as well as more than 100 scientific and technical articles.

Oxley retired from the HRC in 1988, but continued to be involved in microwave engineering as a consultant.

He received several awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 for his contributions to advancements in microwave components and the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society’s Distinguished Service Award in 2004 “for his outstanding and dedicated service to the society.” He received an IEEE Region 8 Section Volunteer Award in 1994.

Oxley was chairman of the IEEE MTT Society and an editor for the IEEE Electronic Devices Society.

Kenneth Bowles

Computer pioneer

Life Fellow, 89; died 15 August

Bowles worked for the Central Radio Propagation Lab, at the National Bureau of Standards, in Gaithersburg, Md., where in 1960 he oversaw the construction and research projects of the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in the desert outside of Lima, Peru. The observatory used computers for signal analysis to study the Earth’s ionosphere and magnetosphere.

In 1965 he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego, where he taught computer science. He helped found the university’s department of applied electrophysics. He became director of the school’s computer center in 1968, then in 1974 returned to teaching computer science full time until he retired in 1984.

In the 1970s, Bowles and his team modified the Pascal programming language, a general-purpose, high-level language created for mainframe computers. The UCSD version ran on microcomputers and ensured that if a programmer wrote code for one type of computer, the same code could run on a different type of machine without much modification.

He was a member of an International Organization for Standardization committee that created guidelines for the Pascal-based Ada programming language.

After he retired, Bowles returned to one of his earliest passions: photography. He created techniques for photographing wildflowers at close range. He also developed software that helps nonexperts identify plants. His work has been integrated into the San Diego County Plant Atlas at the city’s Natural History Museum, where he helped develop the award-winning “Earth, Wind, and Wildfire” exhibit.

Bowles received a Ph.D. from Cornell in 1955.

Robert R. Everett

Electronic computing pioneer

Life Fellow, 97; died 15 August

In 1943 Everett joined MIT’s Servomechanisms Laboratory, where he conducted critical wartime work including the development of hydraulic servomechanisms.

Those automatic devices use error-sensing negative feedback to correct the action of a mechanism for stabilized shipboard radar antennas.

In 1945 Everett began working on Whirlwind I, the first digital computer at MIT and the fastest of its time. The Whirlwind project led to the founding of the school’s Lincoln Laboratory, which developed the U.S. Air Force’s Semi-Automatic Ground Environment system. Everett was named head of the Lincoln Lab Division VI in 1956.

He left to become the technical director at MITRE, a not-for-profit organization established in 1958 in Bedford, Mass., to manage federally funded research-and-development centers supporting government agencies. He was named president of the organization in 1969 and remained in that position until he retired in 1986. He continued to serve as honorary director until his death.

Everett received many awards for his scientific work, including the 1987 IEEE Computer Pioneer Award, a U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1990, and the Eugene G. Fubini Award from the U.S. Defense Science Board in 2008.

He graduated in 1942 from Duke University, in Durham, N.C., with a bachelor of science degree. A year later, he received a master’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

John Robert Skidmore III

Network administrator

Member, 37; died 8 September

Skidmore worked as a network administrator for TS Tech Americas, a manufacturer that builds interior components for cars, in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

He received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2004 from Ohio Northern University, in Ada. While there, he was a member of a band and joined the school’s gaming society. He was a master electrician for the school’s theater department, working on sound and lighting, and he volunteered as a computer technician for the Pickaway County Genealogy Society, in Circleville.

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