Lund University, Sweden
John B. Anderson (Life Fellow, Fellow 1987) was born in New York State in 1945 and received the Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1972. He was electrical engineering professor 1972-80 at McMaster University in Canada and 1981-98 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since 1998 he is Ericsson Chair in Digital Communication at Lund Univ., Sweden, and is now Emeritus. He was visiting professor at Univ. Calif., Berkeley, Chalmers Univ. (Sweden), Queen’s Univ. (Canada), Deutsche Luft- und Raumfahrt (Germany), and Tech. U. Munich. He has performed pioneering research in speech and data compression, analysis of channel coding algorithms, coded modulation, and bandwidth-efficient coding. He has consulted widely, notably as permanent consultant to General Electric R and D Center (Niskayuna) during 1983--98. He was founding director of both the Swedish Strategic Center for High Speed Wireless (2005--2011) and the ELLIIT national center (2010--2012) at Lund.
Dr. Anderson was a member of the IEEE Information Theory Society Board of Governors during 1980--87 and 2001--06, serving as the Society’s Vice-President and President (1985). In 1983 and 2006 he was General Chair of the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory; he has been program chair or session organizer of numerous other symposia.
He received the Humboldt Research Prize (Germany) in 1991. In 1996 he was elected Swedish National Visiting Chair in Information Technology. He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000.