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J J Thomson Medal for Electronics

The J J Thomson Medal was inaugurated in 1976.  It was set up by the Electronics Divisional Board of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE).

The J J Thomson Medal is awarded to candidates who have made major and distinguished contributions in electronics.

2017 winner: 

Image of Mau Chung Frank Chang   The J J Thomson Medal for Electronics is awarded to Professor Mau-Chung Frank Chang, President of the National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He is also the Wintek Distinguished Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering, UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Professor Chang realized MOCVD GaAs HBTs and CMOS Systems-on-Chip for RF-to-Terahertz radio, radar, imaging and interconnect applications. His research created new methodologies to design and fabricate reliable semiconductor heterojunction devices and new algorithms to sense/transmit/receive data with unprecedented bandwidth and resolution. He is a proven leader who has substantially shaped modern high-speed electronics. His work has influenced the design and production of modern day mobile phones. In 2016, more than 2.5 billion mobile-phones were shipped with GaAs-HBT amplifiers to fulfill required transmission linearity and efficiency.


2016 winner:

Image of Professor Alan E Willner PhD  

Professor Alan E Willner PhD, Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California.

QuotebyDrTimothyConstandinou, Chairman,IET Awards and Prizes Committee

For 28 years Professor Willner has made pioneering contributions to optical communications that have significantly improved the performance of high-capacity, multiplexed systems while focusing on fundamental limitations and practical applications. His research has enabled commercially impactful solutions to critical problems for correcting optical impairments in multiple-wavelength systems that improve reliability and lower the cost of services. Critical advances include tunable chromatic dispersion compensation, emulation of degrading polarization effects, and spatial multiplexing using orbital angular momentum.


2015 winner:

Image of Asad Madni   Dr Asad Madni BS MS CEng FIET, Distinguished Professor, UCLA, whose visionary leadership and pioneering contributions to science and technology are known worldwide. He has served as President, COO and CTO of BEI Technologies where he developed the MEMS GyroChip technology. This technology has been used in cars, aircraft and in major NASA programmes and has generated over $2 billion for BEI. He is credited with 84 major awards, 69 issued or pending patents and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, the highest honour granted to an engineer or scientist in the United States "for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety".


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2018 Key dates


Achievement Medal Nominations:
18 May 2018, 17:00 (BST)


IET Achievement Awards:
14 November 2018, 13:00 (GMT)


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List of J J Thomson Medal recipients (PDF)