James Loton Flanagan
Award Name : National Medal of Science
Year of Award : 1996
Award for : Engineering
Location : Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
James Loton Flanagan was an electrical engineer, and was Rutgers University's vice president for research until 2004. He is also director of Rutgers' Center for Advanced Information Processing and the Board of Governors Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. James Flanagan was born in 1925 in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University, where he received his EE bachelor's degree in 1948. Flanagan then started graduate school at MIT, where he worked in the Acoustics Laboratory. He received his masters degree from MIT in 1950 and taught for two years at Mississippi State before returning to MIT to begin work on his Ph.D. Flanagan received his doctorate in 1955, having done much of his research work at the Acoustics Lab. Dr. Flanagan is an IEEE Fellow and has received numerous awards from the IEEE and other organizations, including the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, the IEEE Edison Medal, 1986, the Gold Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the National Medal of Science, 1996, among others. Dr. Flanagan died 25 August 2015, a day short of his 90th birthday.