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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peas, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Believe The Next Google Can Be Developed In The Caribbean.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1945
Birth Location:
Hopewell,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Engineer
Engineering Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peas, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
I Believe The Next Google Can Be Developed In The Caribbean.

Birthplace

Born:
7/14/1945
Birth Location:
Hopewell
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Biography

Engineer and engineering professor Cardinal Warde was born on July 14, 1945 in Christ Church, Barbados to Rosetta Irene Ward. After graduating from high school, Warde moved to the United States and enrolled in the Stevens Institute of Technology. There he played for the institute’s varsity soccer team, and received his B.A. degree in science in 1969. He continued to study physics in graduate school at Yale University. In 1971, Warde earned his M.Phil. degree, and in 1974 he earned his Ph.D. degree in physics. As a doctoral student, he invented a new inferometer with the ability of operating at absolute zero temperature. The device measured the refractive index and thickness of solid oxygen films used for his dissertation research.

In 1974, Ward joined the faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an associate professor. At MIT, Warde's interest shifted toward the engineering applications of optics. He became involved with other members of the faculty in the development of devices for enhancing the performance of optical atmospheric (wireless) communication systems to improve communication performance in inclement weather, and on the development of photorefractive materials for real-time holography and optical computing. To date, he has published over one hundred technical papers on optical materials, devices and systems. Warde is also an entrepreneur. In 1982, he founded Optron Systems, Inc., an incubator company dedicated to developing novel electro-optic and MEMS displays, and light shutters and modulators for optical signal processing systems. Then, in 1999, he co-founded Radiant Images, Inc., a company engaged in the manufacture of transparent liquid-crystal VLSI microdisplays for digital camera and camcorder viewfinders, portable telecommunications devices, and display eyeglasses.

Warde is an inventor on twelve patents, and has published three book chapters in addition to over one-hundred-fifty technical papers on optical materials, devices and systems. Warde is former associate editor of the The Journal of Display Technology and fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has been recognized with a number of awards and honors for his work, including the Renaissance Science and Engineering Award from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1996, the Companion of Honour Award (the second highest honor awarded by the Government of Barbados) in 2003.He received honorary doctorate degrees in science from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the University of the West Indies.

Cardinal Warde was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 11, 2012

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Cardinal Warde's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde talks about his mother's growing up in Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde talks about Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde talks about his father and how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde talks about his parents' personality and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde talks about getting radio, running water and electricity in his village
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde discusses the history of Barbados
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde discusses the history of Barbados
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Cardinal Warde talks about his early education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde talks about conducting chemistry and rocketry experiments with friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde talks about deficiencies in his high school education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde describes his mentors and their influence on his choice of college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde talks about Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde discusses the cultural differences between American blacks and Caribbean blacks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde talks about living in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde talks about math and physics at Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde talks about playing varsity soccer at Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde talks about reactions to Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde talks about his jobs and interests while at Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Cardinal Warde describes his experience at Yale University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Cardinal Warde discusses his research in low temperature physics and the properties of solid oxygen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Cardinal Warde describes his decision to work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Cardinal Warde's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde recalls being hired at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde remembers changing the focus of his research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde describes the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde talks about the field of electrical engineering
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde remembers his early mentors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde describes the development of the microchannel spatial light modulator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Cardinal Warde remembers the start of his company, Optron Systems, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Cardinal Warde recalls the work in image display technology at Optron Systems, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde talks about the acquisition of Radiant Images, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde talks about his work in optical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde describes his current research in optoelectronics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde describes his current research in optoelectronics, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde talks about the developments in artificial intelligence
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde talks about the prospects for the machine learning field
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde talks about the fields of electrical engineering and neuroscience
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde talks about the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde talks about the capabilities of computer systems
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde describes his teaching methodology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde talks about his electrical engineering students
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde describes the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde talks about the importance of mathematics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde talks about the STEM fields
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Cardinal Warde talks about the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Cardinal Warde talks about the Caribbean Diaspora for Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Cardinal Warde recalls the individuals involved with the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Cardinal Warde talks about the programs of the Caribbean Science Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Cardinal Warde describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Cardinal Warde reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Cardinal Warde reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Cardinal Warde describes how he would like to be remembered