After gaining his doctorate at Stanford University in 1961, Charles Turner worked in the UK electronics industry, and subsequently moved into academic employment, first at Brunel University (UK), then at the University of California, Berkeley, and finally at Kingâ€™s College London, where he held the Siemens Chair in Electrical Engineering for nearly 30 years, before he retired in 2000. He is a Life Fellow IEEE. He is also a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEE (now IET). He was very active in accreditation activities in the UK, and chaired the IEE Accreditation Committee.
He has been a volunteer for the UKRI Section since 1974, as Student Counsellor, Secretary, and Section Chair. More recently he has served as the Section Awards and Recognition Officer, mostly dealing as an advisor for Fellow applications. He is Chair of the Education Society Chapter, and Editor of the UKRI Section monthly e-letter. He is a member of the Life Members Committee and has been active in preparing Milestones proposals (Bletchley Park, GCHQ, and Gabor), and conducting oral interviews of retired distinguished engineers.
He has held several committee positions in Region 8, and was the Region 8 Director from 1993/4, and Secretary from 1999. He has chaired the Education Committee, the Professional Activities Committee, and is currently the Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. He was Editor for the booklet celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the foundation of Region 8.
He was a member of the Board of Directors, first as Region 8 Director (1993-4), and then as IEEE Secretary in 1995. Among many other volunteer positions in IEEE he also served as Chair of the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee from 2000-2002. In 2003 he received the IEEE Haraden Pratt Award. He also chaired the Audit Committee, and the RAB/TAB Transnational Committee. Most recently, he served as Vice Chair of the IEEE Medals Council.
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