Edward Adelson

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Edward H. Adelson
Alma materYale University
University of Michigan
AwardsAdolph Lomb Medal (1984)
Rank Prize in Opto-electronics (1992)
IEEE Computer Society Longuet-Higgins Prize (2005) (2010)
IEEE Computer Society Helmholtz Award (2013)
Scientific career
FieldsVision science
RCA Laboratories
ThesisThe response of the rod system to bright flashes of light (1979)
Doctoral advisorJohn Jonides
Doctoral studentsEero Simoncelli
William T. Freeman

Edward Howard Adelson (born 1952) is an American neuroscientist currently the John and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Vision Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Adelson attended Yale University and received bachelor's degrees in physics and philosophy in 1974. He then attended the University of Michigan for his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, graduating in 1979. He was a postdoctoral fellow at NYU from 1979 to 1981, after which he joined RCA Laboratories as a staff scientist for five years. One of his most notable research outcomes is the Laplacian pyramid for visual image coding.[2]


During his time at RCA Laboratories, he won the 1984 Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America.[3] He joined the faculty at MIT in 1987, first at the Media Lab before moving to the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1994.[1] In 1992, he received the Rank Prize in Opto-electronics, and in 2005 he received the Longuet-Higgins Prize from the IEEE Computer Society. He was elected a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2006[4] and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.[5] In 2013 he received the Helmholtz Award from the IEEE Computer Society.[6]

Adelson is also a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae". Perceptual Science Group @ MIT. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  2. ^ "The Laplacian Pyramid as a Compact Image Code". Readings in Computer Vision: 671–679. 1987-01-01. doi:10.1016/B978-0-08-051581-6.50065-9.
  3. ^ "OSA medals, honors, new award". Applied Optics. 23 (9): 1318–1346. 1 May 1984. doi:10.1364/AO.23.001318. ISSN 2155-3165.
  4. ^ "Edward H. Adelson". Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Psychologists Elected to National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts & Sciences". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Awards - iccv2013". www.pamitc.org. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  7. ^ "List of Fellows". Society of Experimental Psychologists. Retrieved 5 December 2019.

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