Christopher Rose (electrical engineer)

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Christopher Rose
Born January 9, 1957
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields Communication Theory
Institutions Rutgers University
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Notable awards 2003 Marconi Prize Paper Award, IEEE Fellow

Christopher Rose (born January 9, 1957) is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a founding member of WINLAB. He received a Ph.D from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. On September 2, 2004, an article by Christopher Rose and Gregory Wright, titled Inscribed matter as an energy-efficient means of communication with an extraterrestrial civilization, appeared on the cover of Nature with the headline "Dear ET...".[1]

The article argued that wireless communication is an inefficient means for potential communication over interstellar distances owing to both the unavoidable reduction of signal strength as distance squared and that information can be densely encoded (inscribed) in matter. The article also suggested that information-bearing physical artifacts might be a more likely first form of contact with an extraterrestrial civilization than radio signals. Following the publication, Rose and Wright's idea was featured by a number of news sources including the BBC World Service, National Public Radio and the New York Times with an article by Dennis Overbye [2] and a subsequent editorial. [3]

Rose is an IEEE Fellow cited for "Contributions to Wireless Communication Systems Theory" and winner of the 2003 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in wireless communications [4]

Related to Tricia Rose (sister).


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