New IEEE Fellows

“The grade of Fellow recognizes unusual distinction in the profession and shall be conferred only by invitation of the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE’s designated fields of interest. “

The Fellow Committee has named 271 IEEE Senior Members to Fellow Grade
effective 1 January 2006.

Congratulations to our newly recognized distinguished colleagues:

Charles Falco
University of Arizona
for contributions to characterization of magnetic and optical films.

Frank E. Talke
University of California, San Diego
for contributions to magnetic recording disk and tape drives.

Ed Williams
Retired - ReadRite Corporation
for leadership in the magnetic recording industry.

Letter from the President of the Magnetics Society

In my capacity as President of the Magnetics Society of the IEEE I am writing to pass on my warmest congratulations to you on your election to the grade of Fellow of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

I personally am aware of the level of commitment and professional expertise required for the elevation of Fellowship which is why it is such a rare award. The Magnetics Society is proud of your achievement and congratulates you warmly.

Very best wishes.

Kevin O'Grady



Charles Falco is a Professor of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona where he holds the UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics. His IEEE citation reads "for contributions to characterization of magnetic and optical films," and he also is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts, co-edited two books and has seven U.S. patents, most of which are related to various physical properties of thin film materials. However, in addition to his scientific research, in 1998 he was co-recipient of an award from an international association of art critics for his work as co-curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum's "The Art of the Motorcycle" exhibition. With over 2 million visitors thus far in New York, Chicago, Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Las Vegas, it has become the 5th most attended museum exhibition ever assembled. More recently, a collaboration with the artist David Hockney has resulted in widespread coverage in the popular media, including an hour-long BBC special and a segment on CBS '60 Minutes', and over 50 invited talks and public lectures in 9 countries, including at the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop on "Optics, Optical Instruments and Painting: The Hockney-Falco Thesis Revisited."


Professor in the Center for Magnetic Recording Research at UCSD
(858) 534-3646

Frank E. Talke received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1968 and worked at the IBM Research and Development Laboratories in San Jose from 1969-1986. He was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley in 1984, and joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCSD in 1986. He is currently with the Center for Magnetic Recording Research, where he holds an endowed chair in the area of mechanics and tribology of magnetic recording systems. His current research interests are in the areas of mechanics and tribology of magnetic recording technology, precision engineering, and optimization of mechanical design. Professor received the Max Planck Price for international cooperation and was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1999. He is a Fellow of the ASME, STLE, and the IEEE.

His citation for the election to IEEE Fellow reads: “for contributions to magnetic disk and tape drives”.



Edgar M. Williams retired December, 1999 as a Fellow at READ-RITE Corporation in Milpitas, California and is now a consultant in magnetic recording technology. He has 42 years of experience in magnetic recording and in xerographic technologies, of which 19 years were with IBM Corporation, San Jose where he developed recording materials, media, heads, and laser printers. In 1983 he co-founded Gemini Magnetics, Inc. and developed thin film recording media, and in 1985 he joined Read-Rite as Director of Technology where he established thin film head design and applications engineering activities for the corporation. He was promoted to Vice President in 1989, appointed to Chief Technical Officer in 1993 and became Read-Rite's first Fellow in 1997. He has published the books, Design and Analysis of Magnetoresistive Recording Heads and The Physics and Technology of Xerographic Processes, has published papers, monographs, book chapters, and has taught over the many years in his profession. He holds four U. S. Patents in recording heads. Mr. Williams has degrees in EE and in Physics, is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, was an adjunct faculty member of the I.I.S.T. at Santa Clara University, and is a past Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.