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Ernst Adolph Guillemin (May 8, 1898 – April 1, 1970) was an American electrical engineer and computer scientist at the
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who spent his career extending the art and science of linear network analysis and synthesis. His nephew
Victor Guillemin Victor William Guillemin (born 1937 in Boston) is an American mathematician working in the field of symplectic geometry, who has also made contributions to the fields of microlocal analysis, spectral theory, and mathematical physics. He is a te ...
is a math professor at MIT, his nephew Robert Charles Guillemin was a sidewalk artist, his great-niece Karen Guillemin is a biology professor at the University of Oregon, and his granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Meyerand is a Medical Physics Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Biography

Guillemin was born in 1898, in Milwaukee, and received his B.S. (1922) and S.M. (1924) degrees in electrical engineering from the
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and MIT, respectively. He then attended the
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, under Arnold Sommerfeld, on a Saltonstall Traveling Fellowship. He was granted his doctorate in 1926, whereupon he returned to MIT as an instructor, becoming Assistant Professor in 1928, Associate Professor in 1936, and Professor in Electrical Communications in 1944. In 1960, he was appointed to the MIT Edwin Sibley Webster Chair of Electrical Engineering, a title he held until his retirement in 1963. On the invitation of Edward L. Bowles in 1928, Guillemin was invited to assist in the development of a communications option for undergraduate students. In this effort, he revised and expanded a subject that included communication transmission lines, telephone repeaters, balancing networks, and filter theory. Thus began his lifelong career of developing and refining linear, lumped, finite, passive, and bilateral networks in the sphere of teaching. Guillemin was appointed consultant to the Microwave Committee of the
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in 1940. As such, he spent about half of his time consulting with groups in the MIT Radiation Laboratory. He took over administrative responsibility of the Communications Option in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering, in 1941. During his career, Guillemin influenced many undergraduate and graduate students who went on to contribute greatly in industry and academia; included in the list are his graduate students Robert Fano and
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. His professional contributions were recognized internationally with numerous honors and awards. ;Memberships *Fellow of the
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(1955) *Fellow of the
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*Fellow of the
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*Foreign Fellow of the British Royal Society of Arts ;Honors *1948 –
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for his outstanding contributions during
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*1961 –
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from the
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*1962 – American Institute of Electrical Engineers Education Medal *1960 - Appointed the first Edwin Sibley Webster Professor


Publications

Ernst A. Guillemin has written several books: * 1931. ''Communication Networks'' (Wiley) * 1935. ''Communication Networks: Vol. II The Classical Theory of Long Lines, Filters and Related Networks'' (Wiley) * 1941. ''Notes for Principles of Electrical Communications 6.30'' (MIT) * 1944. ''The Mathematics of Circuit Analysis: Vol. 1 Reference Volumes for Collateral Study - Principles of Electrical Engineering Series'' (Department of Electrical Engineering, MIT) * 1953. ''Introductory Circuit Theory'' (Wiley) *1957. ''Synthesis of Passive Networks: Theory and Methods Appropriate to the Realization and Approximation Problems'' (Wiley) * 1960. ''Linear System Theory'' (Guillemin) * 1963. ''Theory of Linear Physical Systems: Theory of Physical Systems from the Viewpoint of Classical Dynamics, Including Fourier Methods'' (Wiley) * 1963. ''Theory of Linear Physical Systems'' (Wiley) * 1969. ''The Mathematics of Circuit Analysis: Extensions to the Mathematical Training of Electrical Engineers - Principles of Electrical Engineering Series'' (MIT)


References

{{DEFAULTSORT:Guillemin, Ernst 1898 births 1970 deaths Control theorists Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences IEEE Medal of Honor recipients MIT School of Engineering alumni MIT School of Engineering faculty University of Wisconsin–Madison College of Engineering alumni Engineers from Wisconsin Scientists from Milwaukee 20th-century American engineers Microwave engineers