W. M Wonham received the B.Engrg. degree in engineering physics from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1956, and the Ph.D. degree in control engineering from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, in 1961.
From 1961 to 1969 he was associated with the Control and Information Systems Laboratory at Purdue University, the Research Institute for Advanced Studies (RIAS) of the Martin Marietta Co., the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, and (as a National Academy of Sciences Research Fellow) with the Office of Control Theory and Application of NASA’s Electronics Research Center. In 1970 he joined the Systems Control Group of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada. In addition he has held visiting academic appointments with the Department of Electrical Engineering at MIT, the Department of Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University, the Department of Mathematics of the University of Bremen, the Mathematics Institute of the Academia Sinica (Beijing), the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), and the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Florianopolis). His research interests have lain in the areas of stochastic control and filtering, the geometric theory of multivariable control, and more recently in discrete event systems from the viewpoint of formal logic and language. He has authored or coauthored about seventy-five research papers as well as the book Linear Multivariable Control: A Geometric Approach.
Dr. Wonham is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1987 he was the recipient of the IEEE Control Systems Science and Engineering Award, and in 1990 was Brouwer medallist of the Netherlands Mathematical Society. For the period 1992-96 he held the J.Roy Cockburn Chair in Engineering and Applied Science at The University of Toronto.