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He received his A.B. degree from Harvard University, 1952, his M.S. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1957, and his Ph.D. degree from Oxford University, 1961. While he was at Oxford, he was an Associate Electronic Industries Fellow. In 1957 Professor Lichtenberg joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of California, Berkeley and is now Professor in the Graduate School. During his time at Berkeley, Professor Lichtenberg was a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow from 1965-1966 and studied radiation from high temperature plasmas and phase-space concepts in particle dynamics. He held a Miller Research Professorship at the University of California during 1968-1969 and he chaired the Energy and Resources graduate group from 1974-1978.

Professor Lichtenberg has written and coauthored several books. His monograph, Phase Space Dynamics of Particles, was published by John Wiley, 1969, and has been translated into Russian. His second book, Regular and Stochastic Motion, co-authored with Michael A. Lieberman, was published by Springer-Verlag in 1983, and has also been translated into Russian. A second edition, Regular and Chaotic Dynamics, was published in 1991. A review and graduate text, also written with Professor Lieberman, Plasma Discharges and Materials Processing, was published by John Wiley in 1994 and an expanded (750 page) second edition was published in 2005.

Professor Lichtenberg passed away February 21, 2023.


  • 1961, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Oxford University
  • 1957, M.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1952, A.B., Electrical Engineering, Harvard University

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