Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award

This award is named for Gustav Robert Kirchhoff, a physicist who made important contributions to the theory of circuits using topology and to elasticity. Kirchhoff’s laws allow calculation of currents, voltages, and resistances of electrical circuits extending the work of Ohm. His work on black body radiation was fundamental in the development of quantum theory.

Recipient selection is administered through the Technical Field Awards Council of the IEEE Awards Board.

Sponsor: IEEE Circuits and Systems Society

Presented to: An individual or multiple recipients where all members of the group could be judged to have made a crucial contribution(s) to the overall outcome.

Scope: For outstanding contributions to the fundamentals of any aspect of electronic circuits and systems that has a long-term significance or impact.

Prize: The award consists of bronze medal, certificate, and honorarium.

Basis for judging: In the evaluation process, the following criteria are considered: impact, perceived long term and fundamental nature of the contribution(s), originality, publication of significant and profound new and non-obvious result or an approach in a subject area which relates to the circuits and systems, but which has broader impact across other aspects of Electronic or Electrical Engineering, patents, starting a company based on a fundamental contribution, and the quality of the nomination.

Professor Emeritus (Deceased)
University of California, Berkeley,
Berkeley, CA, USA

“For crucial conceptual research contributions to the behavior and the use of electrical circuits and systems.”

Professor Emeritus, Dept of Information Systems Science
Soka University
Tokyo, Japan

“For pioneering contributions to filter design theory and computer-aided circuit design.”

2009 – ERNEST S. KUH
William S. Floyd, Jr. Professor Emeritus in Engineering
University of California
Berkeley, CA, USA

“For outstanding contributions to theory and practice in circuits and systems and for pioneering work in electronics design automation.”

Professor Emeritus
Lehrstuhl fuer Nachrichtentechnik
Bochum, Germany

“For sustained contributions to circuits, systems, and signal processing, especially his seminal work on wave digital filters”

Charles Batchelor Memorial Professor of Electrical Engineering
Columbia University
New York, NY

“For contributions to circuits and MOS device modeling”

School of EECS
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

“For fundamental contributions to analog signal processing techniques.”

2005 – LEON CHUA
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California
Berkeley, CA

“For seminal contributions to the foundation of nonlinear circuit theory, and for inventing Chua’s Circuit and Cellular Networks, each spawning a new research area.”