William M Brown

 A portrait of William Brown

Inducted:

05/02/1992

Degrees:

B.S. Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, 1952
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1955
DrE, Johns Hopkins University, 1957

William M. Brown received the BSEE degree and the Rufus A. West Award in 1952. He received an MSEE in 1955 and DrE in 1957 from Johns Hopkins University. From 1958 to 1970 he taught at the University of Michigan and performed research at the U of M Willow Run Laboratory.

In 1972 he founded the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan as the successor to the Willow Run Laboratory and serves as its President. In recognition of ERIM's technical excellence and growth, he was awarded the 1991 Entrepreneur of the Year Award for High Technology in Michigan.

Dr. Brown's expertise is in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and he is the father of fine resolution SAR. He has published many papers and two textbooks. In recognition of his work he was made a fellow in the IEEE in 1971 and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1992.