Arthur E. Bryson

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Arthur E. Bryson
Born (1925-10-07) October 7, 1925 (age 90)
Residence United States
Citizenship American
Fields Control theory
Notable awards Rufus Oldenburger Medal (1980)
Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award (1990)

Arthur Earl Bryson, Jr. (born October7, 1925)[1] is the Pigott Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Stanford University and the "father of modern optimal control theory".[citation needed]

He was a member of the U.S. Navy V-12 program at Iowa State College, and received his B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering there in 1946.[2] He earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, graduating in 1951. His thesis An Interferometric Wind Tunnel Study of Transonic Flow past Wedge and Circular Arcs was advised by Hans W. Liepmann.

Bryson was the Ph.D. advisor to the Harvard control theorist Yu-Chi Ho.

Awards and honors[edit]

He was awarded membership into the National Academy of Engineering in 1970 and the National Academy of Sciences in 1973. He was awarded the IEEE Control Systems Science and Engineering Award in 1984,[3][4] the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award in 1990 from the American Automatic Control Council[5] and the Daniel Guggenheim Medal in 2009.


  1. ^ Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 1981. p. 1967. 
  2. ^ "Arthur E. Bryson, Jr.". Retrieved May 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ "IEEE Control Systems Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ "IEEE Control Systems Award". IEEE Control Systems Society. Retrieved January 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 

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