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George Leitmann (born May 24, 1925) is an American control theorist and an emeritus Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is considered to be one of the leading authorities in optimal control theory and its applications.
He received his Ph.D. in Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1956 and has been associated with Berkeley for most of his career.
He has served on many editorial boards and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field. He currently serves as the Associate Dean for International Relations in the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.
Awards and honors
- In 1981 the Louis E. Levy Medal from The Franklin Institute.
- In 1982 elected to the National Academy of Engineering
- In 1995 the Rufus Oldenburger Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- In 2004 he received the Issacs Award.
- In 2009 the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council, for "pioneering contributions to geometric optimal control, quantitative and qualitative differential games, and stabilization and control of deterministic uncertain systems, and for exemplary service to the control field".
- In 2013, the government of France made him a Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
- "Franklin Laureate Database - Louis E. Levy Medal Laureates". Franklin Institute. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "NAE Members Directory - Dr. George Leitmann". NAE. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
- "Rufus Oldenburger Medal". American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 13, 2013.
- "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013.