Ernst Weber
Born(1901-09-06)September 6, 1901
DiedFebruary 16, 1996(1996-02-16) (aged 94)
CitizenshipUnited States
Known forPioneered microwave technologies, history New York University Tandon School of Engineering, first president of IEEE, co-founder NAE
AwardsAIEE Education Medal (1960),
IEEE Founders Medal (1971),
National Medal of Science (1987)
Scientific career
FieldsElectrical Engineering

Ernst Weber (September 6, 1901 in Vienna, Austria – February 16, 1996 in Columbus, North Carolina), Austria-born American electrical engineer, was a pioneer in microwave technologies and played an important role in the history of the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, where in 1945 he founded the Microwave Research Institute (later renamed the Weber Research Institute in his honor). Weber was also the first president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and one of the founders of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE).[1][2][3][4]

Education and early years in Austria and Germany

Weber was born in Vienna, Austria. In 1924 he graduated with an engineering degree, and started working for the Siemens-Schuckert company as electrical engineer, initially in Vienna. In the meantime he studied further and earned two doctorates, a Ph.D. in 1926 from the University of Vienna and a Sc.D. in 1927 from the Technical University of Vienna. Early 1929 he moved to Siemens-Schuckert headquarters in Berlin, Germany and started teaching at the Technical University of Berlin.[2][3]

Awards and honors

Ernst Weber received several awards and honors, including:[2][3]


Ernst Weber; Frederik Nebeker (1994). The Evolution of Electrical Engineering: A Personal Perspective. IEEE Press. ISBN 0-7803-1066-7.


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  4. ^ "Ernst Weber". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2010. From Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
  5. ^ "IEEE James H. Mulligan, Jr. Education Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  6. ^ "Eta Kappa Nu - Eminent Member Award". Eta Kappa Nu. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  7. ^ "IEEE Founders Medal Recipients" (PDF). IEEE. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-21. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  8. ^ "Past Awardees: Microwave Career Award". IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Archived from the original on 2012-01-22. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  9. ^ "SCIENTISTS RECEIVE MEDALS FROM REAGAN". The New York Times. June 26, 1987. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "IEEE Ernst Weber Engineering Leadership Recognition". IEEE. 21 April 2022. Retrieved November 25, 2010.