Person: Cherry (2), Colin
Colin Cherry was an English scientist who worked on electric circuits, telecommunication principles and the psychology of speech and hearing.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After the war ended, Cherry was appointed as an assistant lecturer at Manchester University, a post he held for two years before being appointed as a lecturer at the Electrical Engineering Department at Imperial College, London, in 1947.
- In 1952 Cherry took sabbatical leave, which he spent at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, working there with Norbert Wiener.
- Back in Imperial College, Cherry was awarded a D.Sc. in engineering in 1956, became a Reader in Telecommunication, then in 1958 became Henry Mark Pease Professor of Telecommunication.
- Some of Cherry's ideas were unusual.
- Cherry published over 100 papers, including numerous scientific papers on the theory of electric circuits, telecommunication principles and the psychology of speech and hearing, and he wrote several major books.
- Another major text by Cherry was World Communication: Threat or Promise published in 1971.
- Cherry decided to use the Fellowship for two main purposes.
- One was to sponsor a conference on 'The Foundations of Broadcasting Policy.' This was held in May 1980 at Leeds Castle in south-east England, about six months after Cherry's death.
- We quote here two passages from Cherry's Preface.
- Colin Cherry travelled widely, and lectured in more than 20 countries.
Born 23 June 1914, St Albans, England. Died 23 November 1979, London, England.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive