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In Memory of Prof. Joshua Le-Wei Li

by Professor Steven Gao (University of Kent, UK), Prof. Zhizhang David Chen (Dalhousie University, Canada), Prof. Kai Kang (UESTC, China), Prof. Jun Hu (UESTC, China)

Prof. Joshua Le-Wei Li passed away on the 22nd of May, 2015, at age 54, after a short and valiant fight against cancer. He was an internationally well-known and highly respected leading scientist in electromagnetic theory, radiowave propagation and computational electromagnetics. He is deeply missed by us.

Le-Wei (Joshua) was born in Nanjing, China, on the 26th of July, 1961. He received his B.Sc. degree in Physics from Xuzhou Normal College (now known as Jiangsu Normal University), Xuzhou, China, in 1984; the M.Eng.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation, Xinxiang, China, in 1987; and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, in 1992. From November 1992 to January 2011, he was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he was a Professor and the Director of the NUS Centre for Microwave and Radio Frequency. From 1999 to 2004, he was appointed to the High Performance Computations on Engineered Systems (HPCES) Program of Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) as a Faculty Fellow. During the period of May to July 2002, he was a Visiting Scientist with the Research Laboratory of Electronics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. Since 2009, he has been a National Chair Professor with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, where he was appointed as the Founding Director of the Institute of Electromagnetics, the Director of the Centre for Space Polar Energy Microwave Power Transmission, and Vice Chair of the University Academic Committee. Since 2011, he was also a Professor of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University (Malaysia campus).

Le-Wei (Joshua) has been very active in teaching and research in the areas of electromagnetic theory, computational electromagnetics, radiowave propagation and scattering in complex media, and analysis and design of antennas. He was passionate for his work and has been a prolific researcher. He authored and co-authored four books (Spheroidal Wave Functions in Electromagnetic Theory, New York, Wiley, 2001; Device Modeling in CMOS Integrated Circuits: Interconnects, Inductors and Transformers, London:, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010 ; Dyadic Green's Functions in Inhomogeneous Media, New York, Wiley, 2011; and Electromagnetic Theory of Complex Media, Cambridge University Press, 2011), 48 book chapters, more than 370 international refereed journal papers, 49 regional refereed journal papers, and over 400 international conference papers. In particular, he made significant contributions to the theory of Green’s functions and developed analytical dyadic Green’s functions for different electromagnetic structures and media. He was Editor of Radio Science, an Associate Editor of International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields, an Associate Editor of International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, an Editorial Board Member of Progress In Electromagnetics Research (PIER), Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (JEWA), the International Journal of Microwave and Optical Technology, and Electromagnetics journal.

Le-Wei (Joshua) has served on various international conference organizing and technical program committees including serving as the General Chair of ISAP2006, MRS09-Meta09, iWEM series (since 2011), ISMOT'13, and ISAP'13, Co-Chair of PIERS 2011and the Technical Program Committee Chair of PIERS2003, iWAT2006, APMC2009, ISAPE2010, and ISAPE2012.

Le-Wei (Joshua) was made a Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy in 2007 and a Fellow of the IEEE in 2005. He received two best paper awards from the Chinese Institute of Communications and the Chinese Institute of Electronics, the 1996 National Award of Science and Technology of China, the 2003 IEEE AP-S Best Chapter Award (when he served as the IEEE Singapore MTT/AP Joint Chapter Chair), the 2004 University Excellent Teacher Award of the National University of Singapore, the 2013 Golden Crown Award from the Sichuan provincial government, the 2014 Multidisciplinary Platform Award for Excellence from Monash University at Sunway, and the 2014 National Friendship Award from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China.

Le-Wei (Joshua) was extremely active in both the IEEE Antennas and Propagation (AP) and Microwave Theory and Techniques (MTT) Societies. He served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE AP Society from 2011-2013. He was also a member of the MTT Technical Committee 15 on Microwave Field Theory. He was appointed as an IEEE AP-S representative for Region 10 (Asia-Pacific region) in 2010.

We have lost a great friend and prolific colleague. He leaves behind his loved ones, friends, students, research associates and colleagues to remember his legacy.

For condolences to his family and for further information, you may send email to kangkai@uestc.edu.cn.

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