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Herbert Winful

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1952
Birth Location:
London,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of a sound mind.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1952
Birth Location:
London
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Biography

Electrical Engineer Herbert Winful was born on December 12, 1952 in London, England and raised in Cape Coast, Ghana in West Africa. His father Herbert Francis was an engineer, and his mother Margaret Ferguson Graves was a teacher. As a child Winful was mesmerized by lasers and often dreamed of developing his own. As a sophomore attending MIT Winful was mentored by Dr. Hermann A. Haus – National Medal of Science honoree and pioneer in the field optical communications. Winful received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering in the 1975 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1981, he graduated from the University of Southern California earning his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Joh Marburger – former science advisor to President George H.W. Bush – guided Winful’s groundbreaking work on non-periodic structures.

From 1980 to 1986, Winful worked at GTE Laboratories (now Verizon Laboratories) in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) department at University of Michigan hired Winful as an associate professor in 1987. Through research and teaching he made fundamental contributions to multiple sub-disciplines in hid field: nonlinear fiber optics, nonlinear optics in periodic structures and nonlinear dynamics of laser arrays, propagation of single-cycle pulses. was promoted to full professor in 1992, and one year later the University of Michigan promoted him to an endowed professorship – Thurnau Professor. Throughout his career Winful studied problems involving the relationship between laser arrangement and production of power. Winfield most significant scholarly achievement was solving the scientific paradox of quantum tunneling time.

Winful’s contributions have been recognized by professional and academic organizations. He was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. The University of Michigan recognized Winful with the Amoco/University Teaching Award, the State of Michigan Teaching Award and the EECS Professor of the Year Award.

Herbert Winful was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on 10/23/2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his mother's family background
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful talks about schools in Ghana during his grandparent's time
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful talks about his mother growing up in Gold Coast, Ghana
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful talks about Ghana's matrilineal society
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Herbert Winful describes the Fantes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Herbert Winful talks about the history of slave trade in Ghana
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful talks about having to navigate the cultures of Ghana and Great Britain
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his father's education
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful talks about his memories of Ghanian President Kwame Nkrumah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Herbert Winful describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Herbert Winful describes the duality of growing up both as a Catholic and as a Fante
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful describes being educated under the British system of education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his interest in math and engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Herbert Winful talks about the interest in Ghanian culture in salvaging parts of things
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful describes learning about science
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful talks about the Volta Region
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful describes meeting the Russian female astronaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to go into space
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful describes his high school, St. Augustine's College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Herbert Winful talks about his memories of the coup of Ghanian President Kwame Nkrumah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Herbert Winful talks about taking calculus in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful compares the American and British educational systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his graduation from St. Augustine's High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Herbert Winful talks about why he chose Lehigh University for his first year of college
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful describes his interest, idols and involvement in music while in high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful describes his arrival in the United States to attend Lehigh University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful describes his experience at Lehigh University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful talks about his mentors at Lehigh University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Herbert Winful describes his transfer from Lehigh University to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked on lasers
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful describes Massachusetts Institute of Technology's African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his decision to attend the University of Southern California for graduate school
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Herbert Winful describes his doctoral dissertation on nonlinear optics pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful describes his doctoral dissertation on nonlinear optics pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful talks about his research at GTE Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful describes his decision to teach at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful talks about leaders in non-linear optics pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Herbert Winful talks about the leaders in nonlinear optics pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful talks about optical phase conjugation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful describes his research and teaching at the University of Michigan
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Herbert Winful describes his research on laser arrays and coupling fiber lasers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful discusses the applications of his research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful describes the future of lasers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful talks about his work with STEM education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful suggests a question for young scientists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Herbert Winful talks about his current research on coupling fiber lasers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Herbert Winful describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community pt. 1
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  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Herbert Winful reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Herbert Winful reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Herbert Winful talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Herbert Winful describes his relationship with the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Herbert Winful describes his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Herbert Winful talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Herbert Winful describes his photographs