Thomas W. Parks
Thomas W. Parks (born March 16, 1939 in Buffalo, New York, died December 24, 2020 in Ithaca, New York) was an American electrical engineer and Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. He is best known for his contributions to digital signal processing, especially digital filter design and computation of the fast Fourier transform. His last work before retirement was in the area of demosaicing.
Tom Parks received his bachelors in electrical engineering from Cornell in 1961. He worked for General Electric for two years, then returned to Cornell to earn his masters and PhD degrees. Upon graduation in 1967 he joined the electrical engineering faculty at Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he began teaching and working in the nascent field of digital signal processing. In 1972 he and James McClellan published an influential paper on digital filter design. In 1986 Parks returned to Cornell, where he spent the remainder of his career and retired as emeritus professor.  He co-authored more than 150 books and papers.
Affiliations and awards
- Senior Fulbright fellowship (1973)
- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Scientist Award (1973)
- IEEE Signal Processing Society's Technical Achievement Award (1980)
- Life Fellow, IEEE (1982)
- Third Millennium Medal of the IEEE (2000)
- IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal (2004), together with James H. McClellan
- National Academy of Engineering (2010)
- "Thomas Parks, an oral history conducted in 1998 by Frederik Nebeker, IEEE History Center, New Brunswick, NJ, USA".
- "Thomas W. Parks Cornell Faculty page".
- "Publications from Google Scholar". Retrieved 27 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved February 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal Recipients, 2004 – Thomas W. Parks and James H. McClellan". IEEE. Retrieved February 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "NAE Members Directory – Prof. Thomas W. Parks". United States National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved February 27, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)