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Leon Ong Chua June 28, 1936 (age 88) Philippines (

Electrical EngineeringElectronics and Communication EngineeringComputer Science

Alma mater
Mapua Institute of TechnologyMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Doctoral students
See: Ph.D. Dissertations supervised by Chua

Louisa Chua-Rubenfeld, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada

Linear and nonlinear circuits, Cellular Neural Networks, A Nonlinear Dynamics, Practical Numerical Algorithm, Local Activity Principle

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Leon O. Chua

Leon Ong Chua (; Chinese: 蔡少棠; pinyin: Cài Shǎotáng; Wade–Giles: Ts'ai Shao-t'ang; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Chhòa Siáu-tông; born June 28, 1936) is an American electrical engineer and computer scientist. He is a professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department at the University of California, Berkeley, which he joined in 1971. He has contributed to nonlinear circuit theory and cellular neural network (CNN) theory. He is also the inventor and namesake of Chua's circuit one of the first and most widely known circuits to exhibit chaotic behavior, and was the first to conceive the theories behind, and postulate the existence of, the memristor. Thirty-seven years after he predicted its existence, a working solid-state memristor was created by a team led by R. Stanley Williams at Hewlett Packard.


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Profesor CHUA explica cómo ideó el Memristor en La Salle

Early life and education

A first-generation Chinese-American, Chua and his twin sister grew up as members of the Chinese ethnic minority in the Philippines under the reign of the Empire of Japan during World War II. Of Hoklo ancestry, his parents immigrated from Fujian province. He earned his BSEE degree from Mapúa Institute of Technology in Manila, Philippines in 1959. He briefly taught at Mapúa for a year, before emigrating to the United States on a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned an MSEE degree in 1961. He then earned a Ph.D from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1964. His PhD thesis was entitled Nonlinear Network Analysis—The Parametric Approach. Over the ensuing years, he has received eight honorary doctorates.

Chua has four daughters; the eldest, Amy Chua (a Professor of Law at Yale University.), Michelle, Katrin (a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University), and Cynthia (Cindy, a Special Olympics Gold medalist). In addition to his four daughters, Chua has seven grandchildren.1


Chua was a member of the faculty at Purdue University from 1964 to 1970 before joining Berkeley in 1971. His current research interests include cellular neural/nonlinear networks, nonlinear circuits and systems, nonlinear dynamics, bifurcation theory, and chaos theory. He was the Editor of The International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos until 2009, and is now the Honorary Editor of this journal.

Awards and honors

  • Member of the Academy of Europe,
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (1983)
  • Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tokushima, Japan (1984)
  • Honorary Doctorate from the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany (1992)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Technical University of Budapest, Hungary (1994)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1995)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany (1996)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi, Romania (1997)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Catania, Italy (2000)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland (2003)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Le Havre, France (2009)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the KU Leuven, Belgium (2013)
  • Doctor of Science Honoris Causa from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2014)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa from the Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy (2015)
  • IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize Award (1967)
  • IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (1972, 1985, 1989)
  • IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award (1973), for the paper "Memristor: The Missing Circuit Element" in IEEE TRANSACTIONS on Circuit Theory, September 1971
  • IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award (2000)
  • IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (2005), 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.
  • M. E. Van Valkenburg Award (1995 and 1998)
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Vitold Belevitch Award (2007), For seminal contributions to nonlinear circuit theory, the first mathematically proven physical implementation of Chaos (Chua circuit), the local activity principle as the root of complexity, the cellular neural/nonlinear network principle and basic theory, and the qualitative theory of complexity in 1D cellular automata.
  • 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship
  • References

    Leon O. Chua Wikipedia

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