Norman Abramson

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Norman M. Abramson
Born (1932-04-01) April 1, 1932 (age 86)
Alma materStanford University
Harvard University
AwardsIEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2007)
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
InstitutionsUniversity of Hawaii
Doctoral advisorWillis Harman
Doctoral studentsThomas M. Cover
Robert A. Scholtz

Norman Manuel Abramson (April 1, 1932)[1] is an American Jewish engineer and computer scientist, most known for developing the ALOHAnet system for wireless computer communication.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he received an A.B. in physics from Harvard University (1953), an M.A. in Physics from UCLA (1955), and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University (1958).

Abramson was a research engineer at the Hughes Aircraft Company until 1955, when he joined the faculty at Stanford University (1955–65), was visiting professor at University of California at Berkeley (1966), before moving to University of Hawaii (1968–94), serving as professor of both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of Aloha Systems. In 1994 Abramson co-founded Aloha Networks in San Francisco, where he served as a CTO.

His early research concerned radar signal characteristics and sampling theory, as well as frequency modulation and digital communication channels, error correcting codes,[2] pattern recognition and machine learning and computing for seismic analysis. In the late 1960s he worked on the ALOHAnet and continued to develop spread spectrum techniques in the 1980s.




  1. ^ biography from IEEE (1964)
  2. ^ U.S. Patent 3,114,130 and U.S. Patent 3,163,848.
  3. ^ "Golden Jubilee Awards for Technological Innovation". IEEE Information Theory Society. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "Award Winners (chronological)". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Technology Award 2000 - Prof. Dr. Norman Abramson". Eduard Rhein Foundation. Retrieved July 14, 2011.

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Preceded by
John Wozencraft
IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal
Succeeded by
Gerard J. Foschini