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Elliott, Robert S.

Elliott, Robert S.Robert S. Elliott, Chair and Professor Emeritus

IEEE Third Millenium Medal, 2000
National Academy of Engineering, 1988
UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, 1983
Fellow, IEEE, 1961




Robert S. Elliott received the A.B. degree in English literature and the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY, in 1942 and 1943, respectively, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1947 and 1952. He also received the M.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1971.

He served as the head of the antenna research at the Applied Physics Laboratory of John Hopkins and at Hughes Research Laboratories.  He established Rantec Corporation and served as its first Vice President and Technical Director.  He also became a faculty member of University of Illinois.

In 1954 he joined UCLA as a lecturer in the College of Engineering.  He was promoted to associated professor in 1957 and became full professor in 1959.  He was a distinguished scholar and education and was very popular not only to the undergrad and graduate students but also received international recognitions.  When the college initially departmentalized, Dr. Robert S. Elloitt was the first Department Chair of the Electrical Sciences and Engineering.  He attracted national distinction to the department and he was the first recipient of the Hughes Distinguished Chair in Electromagtenics in UCLA.

He was awarded half a dozen teaching awards such as the IEEE Distinguished Lecturer which he received twice.  In 1983, he was awarded with the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award; a recognition given to only five faculty members in a year. In 1988 he received the APS Distinguished Achievement Award. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the New York Academy of Sciences.  In 1988, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for “basic contributions to the electromagnetic theory and design of array antennas, and for outstanding leadership in engineering education.”

He was the recipient of two Best Paper awards by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. The first one was an application paper entitled, “The Design of Microstrip Dipole Array Including Mutual Coupling; Part 1: Theory; Part 2: Experiment,” IEEE AP Transactions, vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 757-765, Sep. 1981. The second one, “An Improved Design Procedure for Small Array of Shunt Slots,” was published in the AP Transactions, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 48-53, Jan. 1983. In addition he was the co-author with S. Hashemi-Yeganeh in the RWP King Award for the paper, “Analysis of Untilted Edge Slots Excited by Tilted Wires,” AP Transactions, vol. 38, no. 11, pp. 1737-1745, Nov. 1990.

He served as Chairman of the Coordinating Committee for the 1981 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium, held in Los Angeles, California.  He was the Chair of the USNC-URSI Commission B during the triennium 1988-90.

He authored two seminal textbooks:  Antenna Theory and Design, and Electromagnetics, both published by the IEEE Press, to which until this day stand as a major reference by students, professors and scientists.

He retired from UCLA in 1991.  In 2009, the Archives Conference Room 53-135E in Engineering Building IV was renamed in his honor as the Elliott Room.

Awards and Recognitions

    • 2000 IEEE Third Millennium Medal
    • 1988 Distinguished Achievement Award of IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society
    • 1988 National Academy of Engineering
    • 1988 APS Distinguished Achievement Award
    • 1983 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award
    • 1961 IEEE, Fellow


      • R.S. Elliott, Antenna Theory and Design, IEEE Press Series in Electromagnetic Wave Theory, 1981.
      • R.S. Elliott, Electromagnetics, IEEE Press and Oxford University Press, 1999
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