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Arthur Bryson Awarded 2009 Guggenheim Medal

Stanford Aero/Astro Emeritus Prof. Arthur Bryson has received the 2009 Daniel Guggenheim Medal "for a lifetime of seminal contributions to real systems, creating and applying practical optimal control and estimation techniques to airplanes, rotorcraft, and missiles."

The Guggenheim Medal is awarded annually for contribution to the advancement of aeronautics. The award is jointly sponsored by AIAA, ASME, SAE, and AHS. The first recipient was Orville Wright in 1929. Other recipients include Ludwig Prandtl (1930), William Boeing (1934), Donald Douglas (1939), Glenn Martin (1940), Charles Lindbergh (1953), Theodore Von Karman (1955), and Edwards Wells (1981). The 1986 recipient, Hans Liepmann, was the Ph.D. advisor of Prof. Bryson at CalTech.

Prof. Bryson was on the faculty of Harvard and MIT before coming to Stanford in 1968. He became emeritus in 1994. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of Control of Spacecraft and Aircraft (1994), Dynamic Optimization (1968), Applied Linear Optimal Control (1998), and numerous papers.

Prof. Bryson is the fourth Stanford professor to win this award. He is preceded by William Durand (1935), Nicholas Hoff (1983), and Holt Ashley (2003).

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