Leon Chua

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Name: Leon ChuaLeon Chua

Born: June 28, 1936 in the Philippines

Computer related contributions

  • Professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences departments at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Known for his work in nonlinear circuit theory and cellular neural network (CNN) theory.
  • Inventor of Chua's circuit.
  • First to assert the existence of the memristor.


  • Memristor Networks (2014)
  • A Nonlinear Dynamics Perspective of Wolfram's New Kind of Science (2013)
  • Local Activity Principle: The Cause of Complexity and Symmetry Breaking (2013)
  • The Universe as Automaton: From Simplicity and Symmetry to Complexity (2011)
  • Cellular Neural Networks and Visual Computing: Foundations and Applications (2002)
  • Methods of Qualitative Theory in Nonlinear Dynamics (2002)

Honors and awards

  • Guggenheim Fellowship (2010)
  • IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Vitold Belevitch Award (2007)
  • IEEE Gustav Robert Kirchhoff Award (2005)
  • IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award (2000)
  • M. E. Van Valkenburg Award (1995 and 1998)
  • IEEE Guillemin-Cauer Award (1972, 1985, 1989)
  • IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Paper Award (1973)
  • IEEE Browder J. Thompson Memorial Prize Award(1967)