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Gordon and Betty Moore Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus

B.S., Caltech, 1956; M.S., 1957; Ph.D., 1960; D.Sc.h.c., University of Lund (Sweden); D.h.c., University of Southern California.

Assistant to Professor Carver Mead
Donna Fox

phone: 626-395-2812
location: 225 Moore Laboratory
mail code: 136-93

Carver Mead interview: The Life of a Caltech "Lifer"

Carver Mead, "The nature of light: what are photons?", Proc. SPIE 8832, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? Vol. 883202 (October 1, 2013)
[doi:10.1117/12.2046381] [pdf]
Copyright 2013 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.

Keynote Talk at The Nature of Light ? (A part of SPIE Annual Conference)
"The Nature of Light: What are photons?" San Diego, August 2013.

Power Plant Exhibit
Fresno Bee, June 22, 2013 (pdf)
Living Hydroelectric History
Exhibit at Central Sierra Historical Museum

ISSCC 2013 Plenary Session -- The Evolution of Technology

The following links are articles written in response to Carver Mead's
plenary talk given on February 20, 2013 at the International Solid-State
Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco. In May, the plenary video
will be posted both here and publicly on the ISSCC website.
[theregister.co.uk] [kurzweilai.net] [eetimes.com] [forbes.com]

Brief Sketch of Contributions (pdf)

2011 recipient of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Information and Communication Technologies.
Over a 50-year career, Carver Mead has been the most influential thinker and pioneer in silicon technology. His contributions to microelectronics and integrated circuits have been truly foundational and far-reaching.

The richness and diversity of Mead's work is difficult to overstate. His work from structured silicon designs to device physics to neural engineering has propelled the entire semiconductor industry and enabled the vast array of computing devices that permeate our everyday lives. [Read more]

EE Centennial
Keynote video

Special Lecture
Kavli Futures Symposium, Caltech
Plenty of Room in the Middle: Nanoscience - The Next 50 Years [video]

"Why OpSIS: Parallels with MOSIS and the Fabless Semiconductor Industry" Optoelectronic Systems Integration in Silicon, College of Engineering, University of Washington, February 1, 2011. (mov)

Carver Mead Oral History
Chemical Heritage Foundation

Electric Power History
Gone to Bodie
The Evolution of High Tension Power Distribution
Remnants of the Southern Power Co.
Remnants of The 12th (---) of Christmas
The Kern-1 Line—1907 (12 page pdf, 1.6MB)

Postscript to Kern-1 Line—1907 During the fall of 2006, a devastating brush fire ravaged the entire area where we found these specimens. The brush that had sheltered them for 85 years became an inferno, and any porcelain near it was crazed and shattered into small shards. These amazing pieces of electrical history escaped their certain fate by only three years. To read more click here.

Carver interviews Gordon Moore
Gordon E. Moore
(PhD '54) and Carver chat about the electronics revolution on September 29, 2005 at the Moore's Law 40th Anniversary. Posted on You Tube in late 2007, conversation begins about 19 minutes into the clip.


Carver Mead
Mead and Mike Spadafora with a 1912 crossarm they
discovered in a swamp in upstate New York.

Carver Mead
Mead in the field on an industrial archeology expedition explaining
early lineman techniques to Bruce Whistance.

Carver Mead
Awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Bush in 2002.

Carver Mead
This is the first VLSI class in 1971.

 

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