Carver Mead

Carver Mead
neuromorphic electronic systems

Carver Mead (born May 1, 1934) is an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, and entrepreneur. He is best known for his pioneering work in semiconductor design and neuromorphic computing. Mead has made significant contributions to the fields of electronics and computer science, including the development of Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) and the concept of neuromorphic electronic systems.

Carver Mead was born in Bakersfield, California. He showed an early interest in electronics and science, eventually attending the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering.

Mead is widely regarded as one of the founding figures of modern semiconductor design. His work in VLSI led to the development of complex semiconductor chips with millions of transistors integrated on a single silicon wafer.

In the 1980s, Mead shifted his focus to neuromorphic computing, a field that aims to mimic the architecture and efficiency of biological neural networks. His work laid the foundation for the development of neuromorphic chips that could simulate neural functions.

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Carver Mead's contributions have had a lasting impact on both the semiconductor industry and the field of neuromorphic computing. His work continues to influence research and development in these areas.

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