In Memoriam: June 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

6 June 2014
obitRanpatige Photo: Dushyanthi Ranpatige

Sampath Ranpatige
Director of business operations
Senior Member, 44; died 4 March

Ranpatige was director of business operations in the surveillance division of MillenniumIT, an information technology company, in Malabe, Sri Lanka. He died of cancer.

From 1995 to 2004 Ranpatige was general manager in the engineering department of Lanka Communication Services, an Internet service provider, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He left to become a consultant with Tele Links World, a communications company, in Sutton, England. In 2007 he joined the U.N. Development Programme, which works to build energy-efficient technology and infrastructures. He was a telecommunications specialist in the organization’s Copenhagen office.

He joined MillenniumIT in 2010 as a senior project manager and was promoted to director in 2013.

Ranpatige received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electronics and telecommunication engineering from the University of Moratuwa, in Sri Lanka, in 1995 and 1999. He earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2012 from the Australian Institute of Business, in Adelaide.


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John J. Golembeski
Electrical engineer
Life member, 77; died 11 April

An electrical engineer for 43 years, Golembeski worked at AT&T, Bell Laboratories, and Lucent Technologies. He was also an amateur ham radio operator and a volunteer emergency communications radio operator for the Sea Bright, N.J., police department.

He was a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

Golembeski earned a bachelor’s degree from Newark College of Engineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology) and a master’s degree from Cornell. He went on to earn a Ph.D. from New York University, in New York City.


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Bernard Lechner
TV and LCD pioneer
Life Fellow, 82; died 11 April

Lechner made pioneering contributions to the development of LCD and advanced television technology.

He was an electrical engineer for 30 years at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center (now SRI International), in Princeton, N.J. Lechner joined the company in the late 1950s, devoting much of his first decade with RCA to the development of home video-recording and TV cameras. In the mid-1960s, Lechner worked with another RCA researcher, IEEE Fellow George Heilmeier, to develop the first active-matrix LCD television screen. (Heilmeier died in May.)

When RCA sold its LCD interests in 1976, Lechner shifted his research focus to advanced TV systems and high-definition TV. He retired in 1987 as vice president of RCA’s advanced video systems group and became a consultant, serving on standards committees and as an expert witness in patent litigation cases.

He received the 1996 David Sarnoff Gold Medal and the 2001 Progress Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, both for contributions to the technologies essential to modern TV systems. In 2000, the Advanced Television Systems Committee established the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award in his honor. He was also honored with the 2011 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for conceiving the principle of active-matrix LCDs.

Lechner was a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology and Consumer Electronics societies.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

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