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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Birthday
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1945
Birth Location:
Accra,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Birthday
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1945
Birth Location:
Accra
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Biography

Electrical engineer Victor B. Lawrence was born in 1945 in Ghana, West Africa. Lawrence attended the Imperial College of Science and Technology at the University of London where he received his B.Sc. degree in 1968, his M.S. degree in 1969, and his Ph.D. degree in 1972, all in electrical engineering.

Upon graduation, Lawrence worked for one year as a development engineer in the United Kingdom and then spent two semesters teaching at Kumasi University of Science and Technology in Ghana. Lawrence joined Bell Laboratories in 1974 and served as supervisor of AT&T Information Systems Laboratories, department head of Data Communication Research, director of Advanced Multimedia Communications, and vice president of Advanced Communications Technology before his departure in 2005. His application of digital signal processing to data communications in the late 1980s and early 1990s led to many significant advances such as voice-band modems and DSL. Lawrence did the pioneering work and led the development of the “Studio Encoder” and the receiver chip-set for the Sirius Radio Satellite System. Beginning in 1996, Lawrence lectured for several years at the U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Force. As a visiting professor, he taught signal processing and data networking courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Princeton University, and Columbia University. Lawrence also instructed courses in technology management and technology incubation at Bell Laboratories to new engineers.

In 2005, Lawrence was appointed as the director of the Center for Intelligent Networked Systems, and was named associate dean and Charles Batchler Chair Professor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He has co-coauthored five books: Introduction to Digital Filters, Tutorials on Modem Communications, Intelligent Broadband Multimedia Networks, Design and Engineering of Intelligent Communications Systems, and The Art of Scientific Innovation. Lawrence holds more than twenty U.S. and international patents and has had more than forty-five papers in referenced journals and conference proceedings, covering the topics of digital signal processing and data communications.

In recognition of his distinguished career, Lawrence was elected as a Fellow into the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Bell Laboratories. His technical achievements include the 2004 IEEE Award in International Communication. Lawrence was a co-recipient of the 1984 J. Harry Karp Best Paper Award, the 1981 Gullemin-Cauer Price Award, and he shared the 1997 Emmy Award for HDTV Grand Alliance Standard with other Bell Laboratories employees. One of the many charitable and educational activities he is involved in is the International Cultural Exchange Center, which he co-founded.

Victor B. Lawrence was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 10, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Victor Lawrence's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence talks about his mother's education, her profession as a teacher, and the post-independence changes in community structure in Ghana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence talks about his father, Nathan Codjo Lawrence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Victor Lawrence reflects upon the African slave trade and the Gate of No Return at Cape Coast, Ghana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence responds to questions about his parents getting married parents got married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence discusses the dual influences of religion and traditional cultures on Ghanaian life, and describes a Ghanaian wedding
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence talks about his likeness to his parents and family lineage in Ghana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence talks about diseases that were common while he was growing up in Ghana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Victor Lawrence talks about his childhood and the neighborhood where he grew up in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Victor Lawrence describes his trip to England in 1952, his father's death, and his family's situation thereafter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Victor Lawrence describes his experience in school in Accra, Ghana, and his interest in science and mathematics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Victor Lawrence describes the independence movement in Ghana in the 1950s, and the Independence Day celebrations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Victor Lawrence describes his rich and formative experience at Achimota School in Ghana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence talks about his teachers and mentors at Achimota School, and the unique education that he received there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence talks about the British system of high school education, and his graduation from school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence describes his decision to attend the University of London to study engineering
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence talks about his interest in repairing gadgets and his job at the harbor in Accra, Ghana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence describes his experience as an undergraduate student in London in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Victor Lawrence describes working at a restaurant and as the deputy warden of his hostel to put himself through graduate school in London
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Victor Lawrence talks about his thesis advisor, Professor Colin Cherry, and his Ph.D. dissertation in digital signal processing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Victor Lawrence describes his Ph.D. dissertation in digital signal processing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Victor Lawrence describes the applications of his Ph.D. dissertation on designing digital filters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence describes his recruitment to AT&T Bell Labs in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence talks about the University of Kumasi, Jerry Rawlings, and John Atta Mills
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence talks about the coup d'etat in Ghana in 1974, his departure from Ghana, and his move to the United States
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence describes the help that he received from Kent Mina and Solomon Buchsbaum at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence describes his experience at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Victor Lawrence talks about his work in developing applications at Bell Labs, and in creating global compatibility of data networks
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Victor Lawrence talks about his work on stabilizing digital filters that are used in digital signal processors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Victor Lawrence talks about digital signal filters, the applications of his work in digital signal processing, and the advances made at Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Victor Lawrence talks about his contributions to research and development at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence talks about winning an Emmy Award in 1997 for his contribution in building the first HDTV receiver
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence talks about his professional awards, recognitions and service
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence talks about his technological collaborations and administrative positions at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence talks about supporting Senator Bill Frist and the U.S. Sub-Committee on Science and Technology from 1997 to 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence talks about intelligent networks and the possibilities that they present
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Victor Lawrence talks about his book, 'The Art of Scientific Innovation'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Victor Lawrence talks about high-definition television, and receiving the IEEE Millennium Medal in 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Victor Lawrence shares his perspectives on the Y2K problem
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Victor Lawrence talks about his long service at Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Victor Lawrence talks about the break-up of AT&T Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Victor Lawrence reflects upon his legacy at Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Victor Lawrence describes his work with intelligent networks and his involvement with Baharicom Development Company (BDC)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Victor Lawrence talks about his work on submarine communications to increase communication technologies with and within Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Victor Lawrence discusses his work on intelligent networks at Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Victor Lawrence reflects upon the role of human beings as technology advances
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Victor Lawrence reflects upon potential ties between Africans and black Americans and the role of intelligent networks in global politics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Victor Lawrence reflects upon his life and his hope for his native country of Ghana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Victor Lawrence talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Victor Lawrence talks about his serve towards STEM education and international cultural relations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Victor Lawrence talks about how he would like to be remembered