University of Hawaii

Electrical Engineering

Norman Abramson

Emeritus Professor


Dr. Norman Abramson is an Emeritus Faculty.  From 1968 to 1996, he was a Professor of Electrical Engineering and a Professor of  Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii.    Dr. Abramson served as Chair of the Information and Computer Sciences Department and as Director of the ALOHA System research project.  He has also been a member of the faculty at Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard and MIT.

While at the University of Hawaii, Dr. Abramson created the Aloha protocol now widely used for nearly all forms of wireless communications.  He directed the effort at the University of Hawaii which lead to the construction and operation of the ALOHANET, the first wireless packet network. 

He is the founder and CTO of skyware, a wireless communications company.  Dr. Abramson has served as Consulting Expert in Communication Systems, Data networks and Satellite Networks for ITU (Geneva), UNESCO (Paris) and the UNDP (Jakarta).  He holds eight U.S. and international patents.

Dr. Abramson is the recipient of prestigious international awards including the2007 IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal; 1995 IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award and the 2000 Technology Award from the Eduard Rhein Foundation. 

He received an A.B. degree in physics from Harvard, an M.S. degree in physics from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.