He received his Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of Basel, Switzerland, 1969. Subsequent work at the Institute of Applied Physics in Basel concerned interface physics of MOS transistors and problems of applied electronics in the field of cybernetic models.

From 1970-1976 he worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., on the design and investigation of Charge-Coupled Devices for imaging and signal processing applications. At Bell Labs he also got introduced to the world of Computer Graphics in classes given by Ken Knowlton. In 1977 he joined the faculty in the EECS Department at Berkeley. He started out by teaching courses on the subject of very large-scale integrated (VLSI) circuits, thereby trying to build a bridge between the CS division and the EE faculty. In the early 1980's, jointly with David Patterson he introduced the `RISC' concept to the world of microcomputers. He was head of the Computer Science Division from 1980 till 1983.

Dr. Séquin is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the IEEE, and has been elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.


  • 1969, Ph.D., Experimental Physics, University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • T. A. Funkhouser, S. J. Teller, C. H. Séquin, and D. Khorramabadi, "UCB system for interactive visualization of large architectural models," Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual Environments, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 13-44, Dec. 1995.
  • H. P. Moreton and C. H. Séquin, "Functional optimization for fair surface design," Computer Graphics, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 167-176, July 1992.
  • H. Y. Koh, C. H. Séquin, and P. R. Gray, "OPASYN: A compiler for CMOS operational amplifiers," IEEE Trans. Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 113-125, Feb. 1990.
  • M. G. H. Katevenis, C. H. Séquin, D. A. Patterson, and R. W. Sherburne, "RISC: Effective Architectures for VLSI Computers," in VLSI Electronics: Microstructure Science -- VLSI Design, N. G. Einspruch, Ed., Vol. 14, New York: Academic Press, 1986, pp. 35-79.
  • C. H. Séquin and M. F. Tompsett, Charge Transfer Devices, Advances in Electronics and Electron Physics: Supplement 8, New York, NY: Academic Press, 1975.

Awards, Memberships and Fellowships