Bernard M. Oliver
Born(1916-05-17)May 17, 1916
DiedNovember 23, 1995(1995-11-23) (aged 79)
Alma materStanford University
Known forPulse-code modulation
AwardsNational Medal of Science (1986)
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Scientific career
Fieldsscientist, engineer

Bernard M. Oliver (May 17, 1916 – November 23, 1995),[1] also known as Barney Oliver, was a scientist who made contributions in many fields, including radar, television, and computers.[2] He was the founder and director of Hewlett-Packard (HP) laboratories until his retirement in 1981. He is also a recognized pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).[3][4] Oliver was president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1965.[5] In 1986, Oliver was a National Medal of Science recipient for Engineering Science and on February 11, 2004 it was announced that Oliver had been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Oliver was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1973, received the National Medal of Science in 1986, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004. The asteroid (2177) Oliver is named after him.[6]

Early years

Worked at Bell Labs.

HP Labs

Founded HP Labs and worked there four decades.

Scientific contributions

Chairs, foundations, and awards

See also


  1. ^ Drake, Frank (September 1996). "Obituary: Bernard M. Oliver, 1916-1995". Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society. 28 (4): 1459–1461. Bibcode:1996BAAS...28.1459D.
  2. ^ "English".
  3. ^ "More About Bernard M. Oliver". Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  4. ^ "The EPF Bernard Oliver Memorial Fund". Archived from the original on 13 October 1999. Retrieved 22 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Bernard Oliver". IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Invent Now | Hall of Fame | Search | Inventor Profile". 2010-12-05. Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2022-06-24.
  7. ^ Hall of Fame induction info Bernard Oliver, The National Inventors Hall of Fame
  8. ^ The Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI, Tom Pierson, The Columbus Optical SETI Observatory, 30. October 1997
  9. ^ Bernard Oliver Memorial Fund