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Robert Lucky has led premier research laboratories in telecommunications over the last several decades, first at Bell Labs and then at Telcordia Technologies, where he was corporate vice president, applied research. Since retiring he has remained active in professional activities, including advisory boards, studies, and consulting.
Dr. Lucky is the author of many technical papers and several books, including Silicon Dreams and Lucky Strikes Again. However, most engineers know him through his monthly columns for IEEE’s Spectrum Magazine over the past 30 years offering philosophical and sometimes humorous observations on engineering, life, and technology. He has also been an invited speaker at more than 100 universities and a frequent speaker at technical, business, academic, and social occasions, delivering plenary and keynote addresses to conferences.
Dr. Lucky received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and has since been honored with four honorary doctorates as well as a number of major awards, including the prestigious Marconi Prize and the IEEE Edison Medal. He is an elected fellow of the IEEE and member of the National Academy of Engineering as well as the American and European Academies of Arts and Sciences.