The 1985 Laureates / Advanced Technology Category / Electronics, Telecommunications Technology, Laser Technology, Control Engineering, Computer Sciences, Information Engineering and Artificial Intelligence

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Rudolf Emil Kalman

U.S.A. / May 19, 1930
Control Theory Scientist; Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (ETH)

“Establishment of the Modern Control Theory Based on the State Space Approach”
The creator of modern control and system theory. Kalman theory, which was established in the early 1960s, brought a fundamental reformation to control engineering and since then laid the foundation for the rapid progress of modern control theory.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

1953
Graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science
1957
Doctor of Science, Columbia University
1955-1957
Instructor at Columbia University (control theory)
1957-1958
Adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University (control theory)
1958-1964
Research mathematician at Research Institute for Advanced Studies
1964-1971
Professor at Stanford University (engineering mechanics, electrical engineering, and mathematical system theory)
1971-present
Graduate research professor and director of Center for Mathematical System Theory at University of Florida (mathematics, electrical engineering, system engineering, and mathematical system theory)
1973-present
Professor at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (mathematical system theory)

AWARDS AND HONORS

1974
IEEE Medal of Honor
1976
Rufus Oldenburger Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers

MAJOR WORKS

1956
Nonlinear Aspects of Sampled-Data Control Systems
1960
On The General Theory of Control Systems
1961
New Results on Linear Filtering and Prediction Theory
1963
Mathematical Description of Linear Dynamical Systems
1965
Algebraic Structure of Linear Dynamical Systems
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