Tribute to Bruce A. Francis

(October 8, 1947 – March 27, 2018)



Bruce A. Francis received the B.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969, the M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1971, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1975, all from the University of Toronto. He received a two-year NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1975 and spent the first year in the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and the second year in the Control and Management Systems Division, University of Cambridge. He held teaching and research positions at McGill University, Yale University, and the University of Waterloo, before joining the ECE Department at the University of Toronto in 1984. In January, 2012, he became Professor Emeritus. Professor Francis’s subject is control theory.


  • Recipient IEEE Control Systems Award, 2015
  • Recipient Hendrik Bode Lecture Prize, 2014
  • Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineers (since 2010)
  • Delivered the Peter Sagirow Seminar at the University of Stuttgart in 2010
  • Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (since 1988)
  • Co-recipient of two Outstanding Paper Awards for papers appearing in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control in 1984 and 1990
  • Co-recipient of the IEEE W.R.G. Baker Prize Award in 1991
  • Holder of a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship in 1989
  • Winner of four teaching awards at U of T


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