William Gosling (engineer)

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William Gosling (born 1932) is a British electrical engineer, Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath, and pioneer of system design in electrical engineering.[1]


Gosling received his ARCS at the Imperial College in London in 1953 under George Paget Thomson,[2] and spent his career both in industry and education. Early 1960s he wrote a series of books, which contributed to the establishment of systems design and systems engineering.

In 1967 Gosling became Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Swansea University. From 1969 to 1971 he was Chair of the Design Research Society. In 1974 he became Professor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath.,[3] where he remained affiliated for the rest of his career. In the 1970s he also became Technical Director of Plessey, a British-based international electronics, defence and telecommunications company. Here he managed a division with over fifteen hundred scientists and engineers.[4]

In 1978 he was elected President of EUREL (Convention of National Societies of Electrical Engineers in Western Europe).[5] The next year as president of the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers he helped to merge the society into the Institution of Electrical Engineers.


Gosling wrote about eleven books and over fifty scientific papers.[3] A selection:

  • 1962. The design of engineering systems. New York, Wiley
  • 1964. Field effect transistor applications. New York, Wiley
  • 1965. Mechanical system design. With Wolfgang Ernst Eder
  • 1967. The genesis of electrical engineering: Inaugural Lecture Delivered at the College on 24th January, 1967. University College of Swansea
  • 1968. An introduction to microelectronic systems. New York, McGraw-Hill
  • 1978. Microcircuits, Society and Education
  • 1999. Radio Antennas and Propagation, 1st Edition': Radio Engineering Fundamentals.


  1. ^ Ceramic Educational Council, National Institute of Ceramic Engineers, American Ceramic Society (1965) Systems engineering in ceramics: proceedings of a symposium, April 19, 1964. p. 3
  2. ^ Book about experiences of dyslexic academics and artists is published: Press Release - 22 June 2007. Accessed 25 May 2013
  3. ^ a b William Gosling (1999) Radio Spectrum Conservation: Radio Engineering Fundamentals General info
  4. ^ About William Gosling at marchofinvention. Accessed 26 May 2013
  5. ^ International Telecommunication Union (1979) World telecommunication forum.

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