Prof. Renato G. Bosisio passed away on February 3rd, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from McGill University (Canada) in 1951 and University of Florida (USA) in 1963, respectively. He was an IEEE Life Fellow and co-recipient of the 2014 MTT-S Application Award for his work on the development of the multi-port (six-port) interferometer digital radio.
In the 1950s he worked for the Canadian Defense Research Establishment including Canadian Marconi and it’s parent company, English Electric Valve in Chelmsford, England. Then, in 1959, he moved to the USA and worked for Sperry in Gainesville, FL. Since 1965, he was a professor of electrical engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal (University of Montreal). He retired in 2010 as a Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering but held a number of visiting/guest professor positions.
Professor Bosisio made outstanding contributions in microwave and millimeter wave engineering on a worldwide scale. In particular, he was instrumental in the successful development and commercialization of new generations of RF, microwave and wireless sensors and communication systems. These included software-defined and digital radios of the future. He was the founding director of the Poly-Grames Research Center, which was established at the University of Montreal. This provided world-class training and education of electrical engineering graduate students. The scope of this research has been extended to terahertz and photonics regimes. Professor Bosisio’s accomplishments in Canadian microwave engineering have expanded into Europe, Asia, North and South America.
The brilliant career of Professor Bosisio has been truly inspiring for many young engineers and researchers. He is a gentleman for all of us.
Renato G. Bosisio (M’79-F’95-LFí00) received the B.Sc. degree in mathematics and physics from McGill University, MontrÈal in 1951
and the M.Sc.A. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, in 1963.
He became Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at École Polytechnique de MontrÈal, Canada, in 1965, Full Professor in 1970,
Head of the Electromagnetic and Microwave Group in 1971, Head and founder of the Advanced Microwave Research Group in 1990,
and Emeritus Professor in 1995.
Professor Bosisio has held a number of visiting/guest professor positions in various universities. He was a microwave engineer (1953-
1965) in various countries (Canada, England and USA) working for Marconi, English Electric and Varian Associates. In a previous employment (1951-1953), he
was a research scientist with the National Defense Board of Canada.
Prof. Bosisio has authored or co-authored over 400 refereed papers and holds 12 patents. His research interests involve microwave/millimeter-wave circuits
and systems related to wireless local area networks, automotive guidance systems, and point-to-point and satellite communication links.
In particular he worked on six port circuits for microwave device characterization, and, later, he initiated a new microwave six-port receiver transmitter
(phase based digital receiver/ transmitter) as a means to achieve cheap, digital, wide band wireless or wired microwave communications. The same innovation can also be used with other technology as for example with optical technology. General six-port technology is used in wireless sensor technology for
the realization of microwave and optical sensor networks containing many or a few wireless six-port sensors. Pr. Bosisio also introduced Planar Goubau Lines
(PGL) for general six-port technology useful in medical applications at Terahertz frequencies.