Professor Mohamed Mansour
is one of the world-wide most renowned scientists in control engineering.
During his long career his main interests have been primarily connected
with stability problems of control systems, and with questions of digital
control. Especially in the field of control stability he found new solutions
and criteria on an analytical basis, and significantly extended known theories
to more general and non-classical cases. The Retrospective which follows
is a summary of his thoughts in this field. Emphasis of his work has been
more on a theoretical basis, but Professor Mansour considered also cases
of practical relevancy.
Mohamed Mansour was born
in Damietta, Egypt in 1928. After receiving his BSc and MSc degrees in
electrical engineering from the University of Alexandria, he studied electrical
engineering at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, obtaining the DrScTechn
degree in 1965. After a short appointments at Queen's University in Canada,
he returned to the ETH in 1968 where he subsequently became Professor and
Head of the Institute for Automatic Control until his recent retirement.
Between 1974 and 1995, he also had visiting appointments at the IBM Research
Lab (San Jose, California), University of Florida, University of Illinois,
University of California (Berkeley), Australian National University, and
Tokyo Institute of Technology.
He was President of the Swiss
Society for Automatic Control (1979-1985); Member of the Council and Treasurer
of the International Federation of Automatic Control (1981-1993); and has
been involved in the organization and chairing of various conferences and
symposia for IFAC. He has also been Chairman of the committee for Engineering
Sciences of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and its representative
to the United Nations (1991-present). Among his awards and recognitions
are the Silver Medal of the ETH (1965), Fellow of the IEEE (1985), the
IFAC Outstanding Service Award (1990), and the Guillemin-Cauer Award of
the IEEE CAS Society (1992).
Professor Mansour's hobbies
are languages, philosophy (and religions), table tennis, and tennis.
(Prepared by Friedrich Pfeiffer
and Arthur Leissa)