Society Recognitions: January 2008

The following people were recently honored by IEEE groups or societies

7 January 2008

IEEE Fellow Stephen R. Forrest received the IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for “pioneering research in organic light-emitting diodes.”

The award honors Noble, who designed and installed the first statewide two-way radio system in the United States. Honorees receive a bronze medal, a certificate, and an honorarium.

Forrest is a research professor in electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and physics, and he is vice president of research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1972 from the University of California in Berkeley. He went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Michigan in 1974 and 1979, respectively.


Senior Member David Parnas and Affiliate Member Sir Maurice Wilkes received the IEEE Computer Society 60th Anniversary Award for their seminal contributions to the discipline of computing.

They each received this award for being responsible for two of the most “fundamental and important computer science and engineering contributions” over the last century. Parnas developed the concept of module design, which provided the foundation for object-oriented programming, and Wilkes helped design the Cambridge Ring, a local area network architecture.

Parnas is a professor of computer science and information systems at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering systems and communications sciences in 1965 from the same school.

Wilkes developed the ring at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory. He is a professor emeritus of the lab, and he is also a founding member and first president of the British Computer Society.

He received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge in 1934, 1936, and 1937, respectively.

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