Thumbnail image for Vince Poor_Edinburgh.jpgH. Vincent Poor, dean of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, this week received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

Poor is a leading researcher in the areas of statistical signal processing, stochastic analysis and information theory — particularly as they apply to wireless networks. Interestingly, two giants in Poor’s field of research also have an Edinburgh connection. The physicist James Clerk Maxwell and the inventor Alexander Graham Bell were both educated at Edinburgh. Reaching even further back, John Witherspoon, one of Princeton’s early presidents was also educated at Edinburgh.

Earlier this year, Poor, the Michael Henry Strater University Professor of Electrical Engineering, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences and also received the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award.

Another Princetonian, Angus Deaton, also received an honorary doctorate this week from Edinburgh. Deaton is Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Economics.

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