Norman Abramson

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This article is about the computer scientist and electrical engineer. For the aerospace engineer and scientist, see H. Norman Abramson.
Norman M. Abramson
Born (1932-04-01) April 1, 1932 (age 84)
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Fields Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Institutions University of Hawaii
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Willis Harman
Doctoral students Thomas M. Cover
Robert A. Scholtz
Notable awards IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal (2007)

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).

He worked as a research engineer in 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. He served as a CTO of Aloha Networks, which he co-founded in San Francisco in 1994.

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.




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