Silicon Valley Engineering Council
1990 Hall of Fame Recipients
Mr. A. Louis London
A. Louis London is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is considered a pioneer in heat exchanger research, the benefits of which have been reflected in advancements in aircraft engines and miniaturization of electronic equipment. He has authored numerous monographs on compact heat exchangers and convection heat transfer that have become standard references of mechanical engineering. He is a past director of the office of Naval Research heat transfer and thermodynamics program.
Mr. London is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of California, an honorary member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education, the American Association of University Professors, the American Society of Naval Engineers, and the National Academy of Engineering.
He has received several ASME awards for gas turbine and heat transfer design, the 1930 James Harry Potter Gold Medal for innovative education in applied thermodynamics, and the 1984 Max Jacob Memorial Award. He holds the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Leo W. Ruth
Leo W. Ruth is founder, past president, and advisory director of Ruth and Going, Inc. He is the designer of Santa Teresa General Hospital and The Villages Adult Residential Complex, both in San Jose.
Mr. Ruth is a Registered Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Licensed Architect in the State of California and a Registered Professional Engineer in five other states. He received the 1972 National Professional Recognition Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the 1977 Engineer of the Year award from the California Society of Professional Engineers, the 1984 Meritorious Service Award from the American Public Works Association, and the 1985 Presidents Award from the California Council of Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Active in his community, he has served in many positions in engineering education and accreditation and as a member of the legislative committee of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. He has also served in the community as President of the Alumni Association of Santa Clara University, member of the City of San Jose Advisory Board of Health, member of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, Secretary-Treasurer of the Serra Medical Hospital Board of Trustees, member of the Advisory Board to the Marinas Province of the Pacific, and trustee to the San lose Rotary Foundation.
Mr. Ruth is the recipient of the 1978 San Jose City Council Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award, the 1978 Community Service Award from the Bnai Brith Anti-Defamation League, the 1973 Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope, and the 1970 Brotherhood Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He holds the Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from Santa Clara University.
Dr. Frederick E. Terman
Dr. Frederick E. Terman was Dean of Engineering, Vice-President, Provost, and Vice-President Emeritus of Stanford University. He pioneered the strategies for fostering government sponsorship of university research, increasing the prestige of Stanford University, and providing university support of industry that helped spawn the Silicon Valley.
He was the author of Radio Engineering and The Radio Engineers Handbook, Director of the Harvard Radio Research Laboratory (which invented the radar jammer), a director of the Hewlett-Packard Company and Varian Associates, and President of the Institute of Radio Engineers (now known as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated).
He was a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Science. He served on the boards of many large Bay Area corporations and was a consultant to several presidential advisory committees and state boards of education.
Dr. Terman was the recipient of the 1976 National Medal of Science. He was awarded the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree and the Engineers Degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and the Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.