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A. Richard Newton received the B.Eng. and M.Eng.Sci degrees from the University of Melbourne, Australia, 1973 and 1975 respectively and his Ph.D. degree from the UC Berkeley in 1978. He joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1979 and became Dean of the College of Engineering and the Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering at Berkeley in 2000. He was also a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Chair of the department from 1999-2000.

In 1999 he led the founding of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), a California Institute for Science and Innovation dedicated to the application of information and communication technologies to the solution of such tough societal and quality-of-life problems in areas that include energy, the environment, transportation, health care, disaster mitigation and response, and education..

In 2000, Professor Newton was selected as a recipient of the IEEE Golden Jubilee Award for his contributions to Circuits and Systems. In 2003 he was also awarded a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, from his alma mater the University of Melbourne, Australia. Professor Newton was an Honorary Professor in Integrated Circuit Design at the National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan and was awarded the 2003 EDAC Phil Kaufman Award. In 2004, Professor Newton was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Dean Newton passed away in 2007.

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