George Turin was born in New York City on January 27, 1930. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1947, then received the S.B. (1951), S.M. (1952) and Sc.D. (1956) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His professional career mixed a presence in industry with one in academia.
From 1952-56 he worked at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, while getting his Sc.D. From 1956-60 he was a staff member of the Hughes Research Laboratories, Culver City and Malibu, CA. Since 1960, he has been a faculty member of the University of California. He is presently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley (UCB). During his academic career, he chaired that department and was also Dean of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
He also served as Vice President, Technology, of Teknekron Corporation, a Bay Area firm he helped found in 1968. Teknekron specialized in starting high-technology firms with close links to researchers in universities and other research institutions. He also served as a consultant to numerous industrial and government organizations.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the British Science and Engineering Research Council, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has served as a trustee of the College Preparatory School of Oakland, CA, and on the Board of Tenera Corporation.
He married Helen Elizabeth Green on September 11, 1964, who died on July 28, 1998. Their children are David, born September 8, 1965; and Abigail, born June 15, 1971.
His family tree can be seen here.