Professor Per Enge
GPS guru Professor Enge of Stanford University has died at the age of 64.
Per K Enge, a leading professor at Stanford's School of Engineering and one of the world’s foremost experts in GPS technology, died on 22 April at his home in Mountain View, California. He had been suffering from cancer.
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, he was best known for his work on GPS. Brad Parkinson HonFRIN, widely considered to be the 'father of GPS' and the man who recruited Enge to Stanford, comments: 'Anyone who works in GPS is aware of Per and his influence. He was just an intellectually talented person who could understand many scientific nuances and integrate them in ways others could not.'
Per led the Stanford GPS Lab following Parkinson’s retirement. His research focused on improving the capabilities of air navigation, but he also extended that reach into train, maritime and other areas of transport that benefit from GNSS. In 2005 he co-founded the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time. Sensing the increasing reliance the world would have on GNSS, in later years he took an acute interest in the cybersecurity of positioning systems.
He held 30 US and several international patents and was a noted writer and editor. He co-authored or co-edited two textbooks on positioning systems and over 400 peer-reviewed academic papers. He was also the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including election to the National Academy of Engineers and being named in the USAF GPS Hall of Fame. He was a Fellow and President of the US Institute of Navigation and recipient of its Thurlow and Kepler awards, and was also a Fellow of the IEEE and recipient of its Kershner Award. With the Royal Institute of Navigation, Per, with co-authors, won the Michael Richey prize for best paper in the Journal of Navigation in 2011.
Per Enge was born in Bergen, Norway, but immigrated at the age of 2 to the United States with his family. He was a leading speaker at many IAIN, EUGIN and RIN conferences and was the source of much wise advice as well as pleasant company. He will be sadly missed by colleages and friends and we pass our condolences to his family.
Per K. Enge 29 October 1953 - 22 April 2018
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