Professor R. D. Middlebrook Passed Away

Dr. Middlebrook
The Power Electronics Society has received notice that R. David Middlebrook, Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Technology, passed away on April 16, 2010, in the afternoon.  Dr. Middlebrook had been having recent health problems after overcoming cancer last year.  He attended the 2010 Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition in Palm Springs, commemorating his role asthe Program Chair of the first APEC in 1986.  Dr. Middlebrook is well known as the developer of averaging methods for power electronics, with his many well-known students.  In many ways, Dr. Middlebrook could be considered as a "scientific father" of modern methods for power electronics.  His seminal book “Introduction to Junction Transistor” was his "translation of transistor invention into practical models for engineers".  Dr. Middlebrook will be missed greatly by all of us in the power electronics community.  The Society is seeking to prepare a special section in memory of Professor Middlebrook in the next issue of Power Electronics Newsletter.  If you have any memories that you would like to share, please forward them to our newsletter editor Arthur Kelly.