The "father of fuzzy logic," is a very prominent scientist, engineer and system theorist.
He was born in Baku, Azerbayejan (formerly Soviet Union) in 1921. He finished high school at Alborz International High School, Tehran, Iran, in 1938 and received his B.S. degree in engineering from the University of Tehran in 1942, his M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1946, and his Doctor of Electrical Engineering from Columbia University in 1949. He has served as a faculty member at both Columbia University and the University of California-Berkeley. He retired from UC-Berkeley in 1990, where he is now Director of UC Berkeley Initiative on Soft Computing.
He is affiliated with 30 journals, including honorary editor of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (AutoSoft Press, 1995). He received the Paul-Sabatier University Honorary Doctorate in 1986, and Japan's Honda Award in 1989. He is a Guggenheim Fellow (1967-68), a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1973), and a Fellow of the IRE (IEEE) in 1958, and received the IEEE Education Medal in 1973, the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984, the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal in 1992, ASME's Rufus Oldenburger Award in 1993, and the IEEE Medal of Honor in 1994.