President Emeritus and Professor, Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
California Institute of Technology
Thomas E. Everhart is President Emeritus and also Professor of Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics, Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He received an A.B. degree in physics in 1953 from Harvard University, his M.Sc. degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1955, and earned a Ph.D. in engineering from Cambridge University in 1958, where he was a Marshall Scholar.
Dr. Everhart joined the University of California at Berkeley in 1958, where he served in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for more than 20 years. In addition to teaching and research in scanning electron microscopy and micro-fabrication, he served as chairman of the department during 1972-77. In January 1979, he became Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. In August 1984 he became Chancellor at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois where he remained until accepting the presidency at the California Institute of Technology in September 1987. He became President and Professor Emeritus on October 15, 1997. From February until July 1998, he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in England. He also holds a guest appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Distinguished Visiting Professor. He is the Senior Scientific Adviser to the W. M. Keck Foundation.
Dr. Everhart has chaired the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Scientific and Educational Advisory Committee, the General Motors Science Advisory Committee, the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Membership, the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, the Council of Presidents of the URA Board of Trustees and the Harvard Board of Overseers. He has served on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Universities, the National Academy of Engineering Council, as Vice-Chairman of the Council on Competitiveness, and on the Board of Directors of KCET, the Los Angeles public television station.