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Leon Chua

Leon Chua
Born (1936-06-28) June 28, 1936 (age 78)
Citizenship United States
Fields Electrical Engineering
Electronics and Communication Engineering
Computer Science
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Mapúa Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral advisor Mac Van Valkenburg
Doctoral students See: Ph.D. Dissertations supervised by Chua
Known for Nonlinear circuit theory
Cellular neural networks
Chua's circuit
Chaotic digital CDMA
Notable awards

IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize Award(1967)
IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award(1973)
IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (1972, 1985, 1989)
M. E. Van Valkenburg Award (1995 and 1998)
IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award (2000)
IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (2005)
IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Vitold Belevitch Award (2007)

2010 Guggenheim Fellowship
He is the father of Amy Chua.

Leon Ong Chua (/ˈwɑː/; Chinese: 蔡少棠; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhòa Siáu-tông; born June 28, 1936) is an IEEE Fellow and a professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1971. Dr. Leon O. Chua is recognized for his contributions to nonlinear circuit theory and Cellular neural network (CNN).[1] He is also the inventor and namesake of Chua's circuit[2] and was the first to conceive the theories behind, and postulate the existence of, the memristor.[3] Thirty-seven years after he predicted its existence, a working solid-state memristor was created by a team led by R. Stanley Williams at Hewlett Packard.[4][5]

Early life and education

A Chinese American, Chua and his twin sister grew up as members of the Chinese Filipino minority in the Philippines[6] under the reign of the Empire of Japan during World War II. Of Hoklo ancestry, his parents immigrated from Southern China's Fujian province.[7] He earned his BSEE degree from Mapúa Institute of Technology in the Philippines in 1959, then emigrated to the United States on a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an MSEE degree in 1961. He then earned a Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1964. His PhD thesis was entitled Nonlinear Network Analysis—The Parametric Approach. Over the ensuing years, he has received eight honorary doctorates.

Chua has four daughters; the eldest, Amy Chua (a Professor of Law at Yale University.[6]), Michelle, Katrin (a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University), and Cynthia (Cindy, a Special Olympics Gold medalist).


Chua was a member of the faculty at The International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos.

Awards and honors


External links

  • Chua's homepage at Berkeley

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