Richard M. White

Professor Emeritus

Biography

Richard M. White was a professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and a Co-Founding Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center. His research interests included wireless microsensors, energy scavenging devices for use in electric power systems, and portable particulate matter monitors for measuring concentrations of airborne aerosols and diesel exhaust particulates.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 1963, Professor White conducted microwave device research at General Electric. Professor White also holds numerous U.S. patents and has co-authored texts and reference books on Solar Cells (1983), Acoustic Wave Sensors (1997), and Electronics (2001). In addition to the 2003 Rayleigh Award of the IEEE for seminal contributions to surface acoustic wave technology, Professor White was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is the recipient of many academic awards including the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award (1986), U.C. Berkeley Chancellor's Professorship, and the 2003 U.C. Berkeley Community Service citation award. In 2013, Professor White was a co-recipient of the IEEE/RSE/Wolfson, James Clerk Maxwell Award with Professor Richard Muller.

Professor White earned his A.B. and A.M. degrees in Engineering Science and Applied Physics from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics in 1956, also from Harvard.

Professor White passed away in August 2020.

Education

  • 1956, Ph.D., Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • 1952, A.M., Engineering Science and Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • 1951, A.B., Engineering Science and Applied Physics, Harvard University

Selected Publications

Awards, Memberships and Fellowships