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Newsflash–Ku Obituary

Y.H. Ku, IUTAM Member-at-Large, Dies


【U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics】Dr. Yu-Hsiu Ku, emeritus professor of electrical and systems engineering, a renowned educator, scientist, author and poet, died on September 9, 2002. Dr. Ku was an ex officio member of the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics since 1964. He was first elected to the IUTAM General Assembly in 1949 as a member from China. He continued to serve as a Member-at-Large of the General Assembly when he came to the United States in 1952, elected as a lifetime member in 1998. He also served as a member of the IUTAM Congress Committee. 


Dr. Ku was born on December 24, 1902 in Wushi, Jiangsu Province, China. He received his Bachelor, Master and Doctor of Science degrees in electrical engineering from MIT. After serving in many positions in China from 1929-1949, both in academia and in government, he returned to MIT as a visiting professor. In 1952, Ku joined the faculty at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, where he was professor of electrical engineering until 1972 when he retired. 


He was an internationally recognized authority and made major technical contributions in the areas of electrical energy conversion, nonlinear systems and the theory of nonlinear control. In recognition of his scientific achievements, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) awarded to him the prestigious IEEE Lamme Medal in 1972. In 2000 at the age of 98, he was awarded the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.


Source: U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


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