Academic Genealogy

 Academic Genealogy 

My complete academic genealogy (research done by "academic sibling" Brian Levine):

    0. PhD 2005 from UC Santa Cruz. 


  1. My advisor is J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves. Professor at UC Santa Cruz, Computer Engineering Department. PhD 1982 from the University of Hawaii, Electrical Engineering. JJ keeps a list of my academic siblings.

  2. J.J.'s advisor is Franklin F. Kuo. Professor at Univ of Hawaii. PhD 1958 from Univ. Illinos Urbana-Champaign, Electrical Engineering.  He was director of the landmark ALOHA project, which is why JJ went to study there. (More details.)

  3. Frank's advisor was Mac Van Valkenburg. Professor at UIUC, EE. (1923-1997). PhD 1952 from Stanford University, Electrical Engineering. Dissertation title, "Polarization and Fading Studies of Meteoric Radio Echoes". The last two photos show Kuo with Valkenburg. In 2004, the IEEE Education Society began an annual Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award. According to the IEEE,
    "Dr. Van Valkenburg joined the faculty at the University of Illinois in 1955.  From 1966 to 1974, he served as professor and head of electrical engineering at Princeton University before returning to the University of Illinois." He was named to a chaired position and was a Dean of Engineering. He "authored of seven textbooks, was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, he received the Lamme Medal, the highest honor of the American Society for Engineering Education; the George Westinghouse Award from the same organization; the Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; and the Halliburton Engineering Education Leadership Award of the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois." 


  4. Mac's advisor was Oswald Garrison Villard, jr. (1917-2004; (Obit 1 and 2) Professor at Stanford University. PhD Stanford University EE 1949 (joined the faculty at Stanford in 1946!) (more details.)

  5. Oswald's advisor was Frederick E. Terman (1900-1982). Professor at Stanford University (from 1925). D.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in June 1924 from MIT. Terman's dissertation was on ``Characteristics and Stability of Transmission Lines.'' Legendary figure.(Sibling of Claude Shannon.)

  6. Fred's advisor was Vannevar Bush (1890-1974). Professor at MIT. PhD 1916 jointly from Harvard and MIT. Wrote "As We May Think", headed the Manhattan Project, started the NSF, and is a pioneer of computer science. He earned his doctorate in a single year! You can locate some other advisees of Vannevar Bush on this page of genealogies; descendants include Shannon and Huffman. (Bush's colleague on the Manhattan Project was Robert Oppenheimer).

  7. Vannevar's advisor was Arthur Edwin Kennelly (1861-1939)Bio-2 Bio-3. Professor at Harvard and then MIT in EE from 1906. Biography.com has this to say: "Born in Bombay, raised in England, he left school at age 13 and taught himself physics while working as a telegrapher. He emigrated to the U.S.A. in 1887 to become Edison's [chief] electrical researcher [and mathematician]... He deduced the existence of an atmospheric ionized reflecting layer, the Kennelly-Heaviside layer." Several other accounts exist. Here is a letter written by Kennelly. The last school he attended was the University School London, a boy's school that still exists.
 Our god-father advisor!
Kennelly had no graduate advisor, so our search ends; but I agree with Brian that we should count Thomas A. Edison as Kennelly's mentor. Kennelly is reported as saying, "The privilege which I had being with this great man for six years was the greatest inspiration of my life." As Edison was also self-taught, attending school for a total of three months of his entire life, our search defintely stops there!

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