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)
Member, United States National Academy of Sciences (2006)
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (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 H. 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][2]


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. During this time he won the 1894 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 and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.[4] In 2013 he received the Helmholtz Award from the IEEE Computer Society.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae". Perceptual Science Group @ MIT. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Edward Adelson". scholar.google.com. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "OSA medals, honors, new award". Applied Optics. 23 (9): 1318–1346. 1 May 1984. doi:10.1364/AO.23.001318. ISSN 2155-3165. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Psychologists Elected to National Academy of Sciences and American Academy of Arts & Sciences". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Awards - iccv2013". www.pamitc.org. Retrieved 10 September 2017.