President Emeritus & Professor

Thomas E. Everhart


Caltech, Board of Trustees


Thomas E. Everhart is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California and also Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Emeritus. Everhart joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1958, where he served in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching and research, he also served as chairman of the department during 1972-77. In January 1979, he became Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In August 1984 he became Chancellor at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois where he remained until accepting the presidency at the California Institute of Technology in September, 1987. He became President Emeritus on October 15, 1997. From February until July, 1998, he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in England. He also holds a guest appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is the Senior Scientific Adviser to the W. M. Keck Foundation. Everhart has served on the National Academy of Engineering Council and Executive Committee, and on the Board of Directors of KCET, the Los Angeles area public television station. He has previously chaired the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, General Motors Science Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Membership, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Scientific and Educational Advisory Committee. He has served as Chairman of the Council of Presidents, Universities Research Association and as a member of the URA Board of Trustees. He has also served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Universities. His main areas of interest and expertise have been in the research and development of scanning electron microscopes, electron beams as applied to semiconductor analysis and fabrication, and basic science and engineering relating to these subjects. Throughout his academic career, Everhart has maintained a close relationship with industry. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Reveo, Saint-Gobain, Raytheon, and Hughes Electronics Corporations, and two non-profits: the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Electric Power Research Institute. He has also been a member of the R. R. Donnelley Technical Advisory Council, and a consultant to such firms as Ampex Research and Development Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, Hughes Research Laboratories, IBM Research Laboratory, Watkins-Johnson Company, and Westinghouse Research Laboratories. Dr. Everhart stepped down in 1997 as Vice Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness. He currently serves on the boards of Acorn Technologies and Novelx.


2002 Okawa Prize, IEEE
2002 Founder's Medal, IEEE
1995 Founder's Award, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley
1992 Clark Kerr Award, UC Berkeley
1989 Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, American Society for Engineering Education
1984 Centennial Medal, IEEE
Fellow, IEEE
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Member, Royal Academy of Engineering


BA: Physics, Harvard University (1953)
MS: Engineering, UCLA (1955)
PhD: Engineering, Cambridge University (1958)