Bernard Widrow

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Bernard Widrow
Widrow with Adaline.svg
Widrow demonstrating the "Knobby Adaline" device (1963)
Born (1929-12-24) December 24, 1929 (age 92)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology[1]
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical engineering
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorWilliam Linvill
Doctoral students

Bernard Widrow (born December 24, 1929) is a U.S. professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University.[1] He is the co-inventor of the Widrow–Hoff least mean squares filter (LMS) adaptive algorithm with his then doctoral student Ted Hoff.[2] The LMS algorithm led to the ADALINE and MADALINE artificial neural networks and to the backpropagation technique. He made other fundamental contributions to the development of signal processing in the fields of geophysics, adaptive antennas, and adaptive filtering.


  • 1965 "A critical comparison of two kinds of adaptive classification networks", K. Steinbuch and B. Widrow, IEEE Transactions on Electronic Computers, pp. 737–740.
  • 1985 B. Widrow and S. D. Stearns. Adaptive Signal Processing. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1985.
  • 1994 B. Widrow and E. Walach. Adaptive Inverse Control. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1994.
  • 2008 B. Widrow and I. Kollar. Quantization Noise: Roundoff Error in Digital Computation, Signal Processing, Control, and Communications. Cambridge University Press, 2008.


He was one of the Board of Governors of the International Neural Network Society (INNIS) in 2003.

International Neural Network Society (INNIS) Board of Governors in July 2003. 1. Harold Szu 2. Wlodzislaw Duch 3. Kunihiko Fukushima 4. Lee A. Feldkamp 5. DeLiang Wang 6. Bernard Widrow 7. Erkki Oja 8. Lotfi A. Zadeh 9. Michael Hasselmo 10. Stephen Grossberg 11. Gail Carpenter 12. Donald Wunsch 13.David G. Brown 14. David Casasent 15. Daniel S. Levine 16. John G. Taylor 17. William B. Levy 18. Walter Jackson Freeman III 19. George G. Lendaris.


  1. ^ a b "Widrow's Stanford web page". Information Systems Laboratory, Electrical Engineering Department, Stanford University.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Andrew Goldstein (1997). "Bernard Widrow Oral History". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ Abend, Kenneth (2002). "The 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering presented to Bernard Widrow - Journal of the Franklin Institute - Tom 339, Numer 3 (2002) - Biblioteka Nauki - Yadda". Journal of the Franklin Institute. 3 (339): 283–294. doi:10.1016/S0016-0032(01)00044-8.
Preceded by IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by