Roger W. Brockett

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Roger W. Brockett
Born (1938-10-22) October 22, 1938 (age 78)
Seville, Ohio
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Robotics
Control theory
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Case Western Reserve University.
Doctoral advisor Mihajlo D. Mesarovic
Notable students Jan C. Willems

Roger Ware Brockett (born October 22, 1938 in Seville, Ohio) is an American control theorist and the An Wang Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Harvard University, who founded the Harvard Robotics Laboratory in 1983.[1][2]


Brockett received his B.S. in 1960, his M.S. in 1962, and his Ph.D. in 1964 (under the supervision of Mihajlo D. Mesarovic), all from Case Western Reserve University.

After teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963 to 1969, he joined the faculty at Harvard University where he became the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics and in 1989 the An Wang Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Awards and honors[edit]

Brockett received several awards and honors, including:


  • Roger Brockett and Donald Knuth were classmates at Case Western


  1. ^ Baillieul, J. (1999). Mathematical Control Theory. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-98317-1. 
  2. ^ Roach, John (May 19, 2003). "Robots May Be Built as Companions, Expert Says". National Geographic News. .
  3. ^ "Fellow Class of 1974". IEEE. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "NAE Members Directory - Dr. Roger W. Brockett". NAE. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award". American Automatic Control Council. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Baillieul, John B.; Willems, Jan C., eds. (1999). Mathematical control theory. Springer-Verlag. p. xix. ISBN 0-387-98317-1. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "IEEE Control Systems Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ "IEEE Control Systems Award". IEEE Control Systems Society. Retrieved January 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "W.T. and Idalia Reid Prize in Mathematics". Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rufus Oldenburger Medal". American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "IEEE Leon K. Kirchmayer Graduate Teaching Award Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved January 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 

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